A new partnership between Gatwick Airport, the Gatwick Aviation Museum and the Royal Aeronautical Society aims to support local primary schools by hosting an exciting year-long series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based events.
In the first of the year-long series of educational ‘Cool Aeronautics’ events, taking place at the Gatwick Aviation Museum, 71 lucky students from Southgate Primary School in Crawley were invited to attend a day of fascinating talks with pilots and Gatwick’s airfield operations staff, as well as receiving a tour of the museum and participating in a number of aircraft design challenges.
First launched in 2007, Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme which aims to encourage STEM interest and introduce children to careers in aerospace engineering, space and the aviation industry.
The programme has continued to grow since it was first established, with more than 4,000 students participating in events in the past two years alone, across the UK and around the world.
The event partnership forms part of Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement ‘Inform, Inspire, Invest’ education strategy, including partnerships with other STEM initiatives, such as the Big Bang Fair and Learn Live broadcasts.
The airport is also supporting the Government’s national ‘Year of Engineering 2018’ campaign, and is celebrating engineering and helping to raise its status as an aspirational career path among young people, their parents and teachers.
Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Paula Aldridge, said:
“Cool Aeronautics is a fantastic event to inspire children living near the airport. Investing in these types of events allows us to nurture the next generation of young people who might consider careers at Gatwick, helping us to build a pipeline of talent for the future.”
Royal Aeronautical Society’s Careers & Outreach Officer, Jonathan Axford, said:
“A love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths often begins at primary-school age but schools do not always have the resources to get their pupils excited about the possibilities of these subjects.
“Through Cool Aeronautics and our close partnership with Gatwick Airport and the Gatwick Aviation Museum we aim to open up to children the wonderful world of STEM, as well as the incredible opportunities available in aviation and aerospace, in an interactive, entertaining and, most importantly, fun way.”
Gatwick Aviation Museum Manager, Ashley Colella, said:
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Aeronautical Society and Gatwick Airport to help inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. The museum is a great place to showcase aviation history and we look forward to delivering this programme throughout the year.”
Southgate Primary School Teacher, Mrs Noble, said:
“Year 3 had the most fantastic day! We have learnt so much about the airport and the planes that use it. We will definitely be visiting again soon, thank you.”
For more information about how schools can register for a Cool Aeronautics event at Gatwick, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NO WAY! A FREE Christmas break abroad AND still save money on your shopping?
In what is fantastic (and perhaps rather surprising) news, it’s been discovered that Christmas shoppers can enjoy a night away in one of Europe’s most popular winter destinations – effectively for free – and still save money on their festive purchases, even after the cost of their flight and accommodation has been deducted.
How’s that possible? Well, with tax-free prices available in most Gatwick stores – and return flights to Dublin, for example, available from as little as £33 – shoppers can make significant savings when they buy and fly, compared with getting their gifts on the high street or online where tax is added to most products.
Plus, many of Gatwick’s retailers – including Reiss, Dune, Fat Face and Superdry – are now allowing customers to buy products from their entire online collections in-store at the airport and still receive the airport discount off their items!
This means that passengers can identify the products they’d like to buy before travelling to the airport, and order them in-store – at the tax-free equivalent price – once they’re in Gatwick’s departure lounge awaiting their flight. They can then have the products delivered directly to their home, or have them waiting at Gatwick for when they get back from their trip.
Buying and flying is, therefore, one of the smartest ways to save money during the notoriously expensive Christmas shopping season.
Take a look at this example that highlights the big savings that passengers can make on their festive finances if they choose to buy and fly this Christmas.
Gatwick to Dublin with Ryanair (South Terminal) – £33.98 return
Wed 5th December: LGW 09:40 – 11:05 DUB
Thu 6th December: DUB 16:55 – 18:20 LGW
You save £158.98 when buying the following five products at Gatwick, rather than on the high street or online.
After the cost of your flights (£33.98) and one night’s accommodation in Dublin (estimated at £50) is deducted, your final saving is £75.
– minus flights – £33.98
– minus accommodation – £50
- Gia Leather Biker Jacket – Apricot (Women’s)
- High Street: £375 | Gatwick: £312.50
- Saving: £62.50
- Sandra Midi Wool Wrap Coat – Camel (Women’s)
- High Street: £329 | Gatwick: £274.17
- Saving: £54.83
- Hero Leather Racer Jacket – Black (Men’s)
- High Street: £199.99 | Gatwick: £166.66
- Saving: £33.33
- ‘One’ Fragrance – 50ml (Men’s)
- High Street: £34.95 | Gatwick: £29.13
- Saving: £5.82
- Dancing Mickey Phone Case
- High Street: £15 | Gatwick: £12.50
- Saving: £2.50
Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, Gatwick Airport said:
“It’s exciting for Gatwick Airport and our retailers to be able to offer great savings on gifts compared with the high street, at what is the busiest time of the year for shoppers. By ticking everything off the Christmas list at Gatwick, shoppers can not only enjoy a trip away but also make savings on their festive finances even after the cost of their minibreak has been factored in.
“A number of our retailers are also now combining the ease of online shopping with big airport discounts, making buying and flying an even smarter choice this winter.”