London Gatwick has opened a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) center to provide a bespoke, hands-on space to engage and teach school children across the region about STEM and aviation.
The specially adapted space, situated landside at the airport, will act as a one-year pilot to test demand and gain feedback from students and schools to inform the airport’s longer-term STEM education and engagement plans.
The hands-on activities on offer include a water treatment lab, bridge-building activities and an Archimedes screw exercise. A mocked-up airfield rig will allow students to practice changing the lights along the runway under a time limit. The space also has classrooms, tablets and quiet areas, providing the opportunity for both theory and practical learning. There are also dedicated facilities for students with special educational needs.
The STEM center is intended to benefit thousands of pupils across the Southeast of the UK from ages 4-18 with the opportunity to learn and explore careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. STEM is vital to Gatwick with hundreds of career options available at the airport itself and the many partners who work together to keep the airport running.
Alison Addy, head of external engagement and policy at Gatwick, said, “We are thrilled to be opening this brand-new, specialist facility within London Gatwick. The STEM center is at the heart of Gatwick’s employment, skills and business strategy, which shapes the future direction of the airport’s work in developing opportunities for the region. A diverse and skilled pipeline of local talent is critical to a healthy labor market and London Gatwick’s future growth. There is an array of fantastic and fun activities on offer. We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming schools and students from across the region into the center to provide a unique, hands-on educational experience at the UK’s second busiest airport.”
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