First launched in 2007, Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme that aims to introduce children to the fascinating world and people of flying, aerospace engineering, and space.
These events represent a crucial part of the Society’s efforts to provide a ‘through-life’ approach to its outreach and careers activities. In particular, Cool Aeronautics embodies the Society’s aim to ‘promote aerospace and aviation to a new generation’.
Based around a day of aerospace themed talks and interactive workshops with Key Stage 2 primary school pupils, Cool Aeronautics events are held at aviation places of interest. For example, previous venues have included the Yorkshire Air Museum, Prestwick Airport, RAF Museum Hendon and the British Airways Community Learning Centre, Heathrow.
Cool Aeronautics events are free to attend and offer a fantastic opportunity for young people – the ‘new generation’ – to meet inspirational people from across the industry and to engage with aerospace themed activities that are relevant to the current KS2 National Curriculum.
The Cool Aeronautics 'format' consist of a series of fun, interactive talks in the morning, delivered by aerospace and aviation professionals including airline and military pilots, space engineers and aeronautical engineers. These talks aim to introduce the children to the exciting world of science and engineering. Some Cool Aeronautics events have included drama performances that bring back to life aviation stars from the past, such as Amy Johnson, Eugene Cernan and Svetlana Savitskaya.
Afternoon activities include interactive workshops and personalised site tours. All children go home from a Cool Aeronautics event with a special goody bag containing aviation inspired contents which they can then share with their parents, siblings and friends.
Provide a Venue - We are always on the lookout for host venues such as aerospace and aviation company sites, airports, airline offices and relevant museums throughout the UK.
Provide Speakers - We also need speakers who enjoy talking to children about their careers in the sector, particularly engineers and pilots (be prepared for questions about your salary, one of the most common questions at the events!).
Provide a Workshop - If you would like to provide a workshop for the afternoon activities, get in touch.
Provide a School - Let us know if you would like to invite a primary school along to one of the events. Maybe you're a teacher looking for something a bit 'different' for your class to attend? If so, get in touch!
We believe it is vital to showcase aerospace and aviation to primary-age children and their teachers and parents to encourage from an early age an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. It is also vitally important that they are aware of the amazing opportunities that aerospace and aviation can offer. So please do let us know if you would like to be involved!
COOL AERONAUTICS IN 2016
In 2016, the Royal Aeronautical Society will celebrate its 150th anniversary and Cool Aeronautics will form an integral part of these celebrations. To mark this occasion, the Society will aim to have Cool Aeronautics events reach 150 schools in 2016; we are particularly keen to engage with schools in disadvantaged areas that may not regularly take part in or be invited to STEM activities/events.
With a theme of ‘150 Years of Aerospace Innovation and Inspirational People’, the Cool Aeronautics events held during this time will offer an informative and engaging celebration of Britain’s rich aviation heritage as well as look ahead to its exciting future. We have already received interest from overseas organisations in running local events, which we are of course keen to encourage more of.
Importantly, the success of this initiative will depend upon the collaborative efforts of the Society’s staff, Branches, Corporate Partners and members and we welcome your interest in supporting an event (or two!). To assist your organisation with the planning and running of a Cool Aeronautics event in 2016, the Royal Aeronautical Society has produced the Cool Aeronautics Handbook, available to download here.
Careers and Education Team
T: 020 7670 4326/5
COOL AERONAUTICS NEWS
Cool Aeronautics Update - Celebrities, Stomp Rockets and Spacesuits! - Aerospace July 2015 Edition
Inspiring the Next Generation - Cool Aeronautics in the Society’s 150th Year - 5 June 2015
Cool Aeronautics – “Chocks Away” for 2015! - 19 February 2015
Cool Aeronautics Summer Term Report - 20 June 2014
Cool Aeronautics Goes North and Beyond - 23 October 2013
Cool Aeronautics - End of Term Report - 30 July 2013
Cool Aeronautics - The Story So Far - 2 July 2013
Cool Aeronautics Touches Down in Ireland - 21 March 2013
A Big 2012 for Cool Aeronautics! - 25 January 2013
Cool Aeronautics - Upcoming Events - 30 August 2012
Cool Aeronautics Workshop Winner Flies a Simulator - 29 May 2012
Cool Aeronautics - Double Feature! - 28 March 2012
Cool Aeronautics Travels to Wales... - 24 February 2012