Students at Laurus Ryecroft blasted off into the exciting world of flight during the ‘Road to RIAT: Blast Off!’ STEM challenge day with the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The ‘Road to RIAT: Blast Off!’ is a competition delivered by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT), the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), and the Smallpeice Trust.

The Smallpeice Trust led the day, taking students on a thrilling journey through the science of flight.

First, students learned about the principles of flight while also gaining valuable insights into different careers in Engineering and Aerospace.

Next, they put their skills to the test by designing, building, and presenting their very own airplanes constructed from wood.

To finish the day, they had a competition to see whose plane could travel the furthest distance in the air.

Students from Laurus Ryecroft stand in a classroom holding the airplanes they crafted as part of the Road to RIAT: Blast Off! STEM challenge day with the Smallpeice Trust.

Congratulations to the winning team, the Legally Blondes!

Their innovative design took them to victory, and their accompanying essay on women in STEM was even submitted to the RAFCT’s national competition!

The ‘Road to RIAT: Blast Off!’ day was a great learning experience that challenged and ignited our students’ passion for STEM.

Everyone who took part received a CREST Discovery STEM award for their hard work.

A huge thank you to the RAFCT, RIAT, and the Smallpeice Trust for providing this fantastic opportunity to our students!

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