On Tuesday 16 May, we were delighted to have the RAF Education Roadshow visit Rye St Antony.
Arranged by our Head of Science, David Williams, our Year 8 and 9 pupils had a great time on their RAF ‘Fun with Flight’ day. Girls took part in demonstrations on the physics of flight using a combination of presentations, and practical tasks including their new Virtual Reality demonstration. This culminated in the running of a real live jet engine, which was deafeningly impressive.
'Fun with Flight' is a 50-minute jet fuelled presentation exploring the physics of flying. Students discovered how the physics they study in the classroom is an integral part of the work that engineers undertake in the RAF and other engineering organisations.
RAF staff used exciting demonstrations and invited pupils to take part in some literally jaw dropping experiments. Drones, balloons, airships and even jet engines were explored in a way that literally made their hair stand on end. They also learned about the microlight World Altitude Record and the physics behind how the RAF achieved their goal.
The RAF actively promote women in engineering and demystify some of the myths around the profession. This was a real spectacle and one we won’t forget in a hurry! Click here for some more photos!