London Stansted Airport’s on-site education center, Aerozone Stansted, has installed a variety of new interactive experiences.
Emirates airline has donated a range of aviation-themed classroom technology to complement the learning materials already available to students at the center. Items donated include interactive displays that teach students about aerodynamics and the principles of flight, and demonstrate what happens during an aircraft turnaround at airports such as London Stansted. To open the area, the airport invited Saffron Walden County High School students to try out the new equipment.
With a variety of activities, the center aims to improve STEM skills and encourage children between the ages of four and 18 to consider aviation careers when they leave school, college or university. The facility offers classroom space and interactive areas where aviation-related activities are incorporated into the curriculum. There is a viewing platform where youngsters can watch airplanes take off and land, and see in action some of the jobs that they have learned about. There is also an opportunity for them to meet airport staff who will share their experiences about working at the airport and pursuing a career in aviation.
Alex Smith, education coordinator at London Stansted Airport, said, “We are very excited to welcome schools back to the Aerozone this autumn, and with this donation from Emirates we have lots of exciting new interactive experiences for the students to enjoy. We really appreciate Emirates’ support, and I’m sure the new additions will be welcomed by the thousands of students who will use them each year. Our Aerozone has proved to be incredibly popular with schools across the region since we opened in 2015. The education hub is just one of our many educational initiatives aimed at inspiring the next generation of aviation talent who might end up working here at London Stansted or elsewhere in the industry. This term we have also introduced a new online booking system to make it easier for schools to arrange visits to the Aerozone. We’ve already received a lot of interest, so we encourage schools to sign up as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”
Richard Jewsbury, divisional vice president for Emirates in the UK, said, “We are delighted to be continuing our support for Stansted Airport and enhancing the education facility with new interactive equipment within the Aerozone. It is fantastic to be able highlight the range of career opportunities within the industry and inspire the next generation into a rewarding career in aviation. Stansted is a key hub for Emirates in the east and southeast of the UK, and we recommenced services this summer as we continue to scale up travel following the pandemic. We’re looking forward to the continued success of the Aerozone facility and our long-standing partnership with the airport.”