YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING part in a programme aimed at encouraging school children to explore science, technology, engineering and maths subjects called in at RAF Lossiemouth recently.
The base is participating in the nationwide ‘STEM’ initiative, with RAF Lossiemouth sponsoring the Elgin High School team in the ‘Go4Set’ challenge organised by the Engineering Development Trust.
The Elgin team will be taking part in a 10-week project for 12-14-year-olds and allows local companies to assist a school team with an engineering challenge and provide a mentor.
Sergeant Stuart Rolfe, who is part of the Squadron that maintains the Station’s IT & Communications requirements, has been the group’s mentor and arranged the visit as one of the activities associated with the project.
During their visit 13 youngsters were shown the variety of manufacturing and engineering processes and facilities at the Moray base’s General Engineering Flight. This was followed with a visit to No.1 (Fighter) Squadron to obtain an understanding of the engineering requirements of the Typhoon FGR4.
As the last remaining RAF base in Scotland, Lossiemouth now supports the initiative through their STEM ambassadors utilising the technology available on a Typhoon main operating base, with the aim to encourage children to consider STEM-based careers both in wider society as well as the Royal Air Force.
The Station’s STEM programme is led by Squadron Leader Owen Hannan, Officer Commanding the Mechanical Engineering Squadron. He said: “We work closely with Moray Council and local schools to encourage children to explore the opportunities that STEM subjects can provide.
“Our ability to provide Typhoons to protect the UK skies is founded on our personnel’s skills as engineers and technicians.
“So bringing the team from Elgin High to RAF Lossiemouth will let them see an exciting engineering environment and hopefully inspire them in their Go4Set challenge.”