RAF Air Cadets aim for the skies at Thornton Science Park.

Posted on 28th November 2017

RAF Cadets from across Cheshire, Merseyside and Wales have been aiming for the skies during a day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshops at Thornton Science Park.

Left to right: Cadets from 146 (Northwich) Squadron: Kamil Kominak, Liam Hughes, Harvey Davenport, Ryan Pickard, Chloe Jackson, Felix Cream-Dunlop.
Left to right: Cadets from 146 (Northwich) Squadron: Kamil Kominak, Liam Hughes, Harvey Davenport, Ryan Pickard, Chloe Jackson, Felix Cream-Dunlop.

Building an airship and making it fly was just one of a number of science activities on offer for the 55 young people, who spent the day putting their potential skills in engineering, maths and computing to the test. Staff from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, alongside RAF colleagues, guided them through a range of workshops which included:

  • The Eco-House, where, using mechanical engineering, and electrical and electronic engineering, cadets designed and built a model Eco-house and heated it. They then used an infra-red camera to check for heat loss. Analysing their data using mathematical and computer skills, they then devised and implemented modifications to improve its performance in terms of energy efficiency.
  • Airships, where cadets built a simple computer controlled airship, using a combination of materials, imagination and programming, to transport the airship across a model of the Atlantic Ocean as safely as possible.

Team prizes were awarded for the best overall team on the day and for the runners up.

Feedback from the day included: ‘As always thank you for a great event’.

Angela Lupton, the University’s Higher Education STEM Co-ordinator, said: “As always, it was a pleasure to welcome the RAF and their Air Cadets to Thornton, and to share our passion for STEM subjects. My thanks to Group Captain Andy Cooksley, Squadron Leader Dan Stuchfield, Squadron Leader Paul Thompson, who all helped on the day as did Flight Officer Jacob Cameron-Johnson and Flight Officer Leanne Busby, who gave a presentation. The skills taught on the day would be appropriate for those cadets considering a career in the Royal Air Force, but are equally important for those wishing to try out a range of STEM related skills. Everyone enjoyed the day and we look forward to the next one.”

Left to right: Cadets from 146 (Northwich) Squadron: Liam Hughes, Kamil Kominak, Chloe Jackson (partly hidden by floating platform), Harvey Davenport, Felix Cream-Dunlop, Ryan Pickard, Sqn Ldr Paul Thompson OC 146.

Left to right: Cadets from 146 (Northwich) Squadron: Liam Hughes, Kamil Kominak, Chloe Jackson (partly hidden by floating platform), Harvey Davenport, Felix Cream-Dunlop, Ryan Pickard, Sqn Ldr Paul Thompson OC 146.