London City’s STEM in Aviation Day inspires next generation to shape the future of aviation
LCY encourages the education pipeline to produce enough individuals with the right STEM skills for the future of aviation.
Over 450 East London school pupils (aged 14-16) from 22 different schools have taken part in London City Airport’s fourth annual ‘STEM in Aviation Day’.
The main theme was the ‘Future of Flight’, aimed to inspire the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in the advancements that are shaping the aviation industry – from sustainable fuels to artificial intelligence.
Robert Sinclair, CEO at London City Airport, said: “Our industry is reliant on incoming STEM talent who will help deliver the innovations that propel a new era of clean aviation. For London City Airport, it’s particularly relevant due to our own growth plans and an ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable airport, with a short-haul route profile making us ideally suited to be a test bed for electric aircraft.
“It’s by working with the entire industry that we can accelerate change – from aircraft manufacturers to airlines – and this event helps capture the minds of young East Londoners about the opportunities on their doorstep.”
Companies including British Airways, Cranfield University and Widerøe hosted sessions for the pupils, showcasing how important STEM-based skills are to the future of the aviation.
Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor for Business, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people excited about the range of careers available in aviation. They have a huge role to play in shaping the future of the industry and I look forward to seeing the impact they will have.”
Bechtel and BAM Nuttall, two major engineering companies involved in the airport’s £500 million development programme, also presented, with Accenture, Emirates Aviation Experience and the University of East London (UEL) completing the line-up.
The school groups faced an aviation-themed STEM challenge, where they were tasked with developing concepts for a project to deliver the ‘future of flight’ airport departure lounge, selecting sustainable infrastructure and equipment.
Addressing the shortage of STEM skills will ensure the continued success of aviation.