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10 STEM week at RAF Wittering

During the May half term two students in Year 10 travelled to Peterborough by train to take part in a work experience week specialising in logistic trades in the RAF. The week was run by the RAF and The SmallPeice Trust to encourage more girls into STEM careers in the forces.

It consisted of lots of team building exercises and group tasks, learning about; catering, fuel, movements and mechanical transport. Whilst learning about these branches of the RAF we learnt valuable skills such as: communication, team building, leadership, problem solving and also adapting to new situations.

The whole week was based around one aim which was set at the start of the week - to deliver aid and extract 800 UK nationals from a country which had been hit by a 7.1 earthquake.

On the Tuesday students planned their operation and looked at various information to make important decisions and then over the rest of the week they looked at the practical side of their plan.

On the Friday the girls presented their calculations and planning on how they would relieve and improve the situation in hand. They presented their ideas to RAF personnel to whom they asked lots of questions about the military lifestyle and information about their particular job in the RAF. This gave them valuable insight and information as to what career path they would like to pursue and whether or not they would like to experience a career in the RAF.  

The two students from LSST thoroughly enjoyed their stay at RAF Wittering and experienced a highly valuable week which has taught them new skills and made them new friends. 

You don’t have to be a cadet to get involved with these opportunities offered by the RAF and The SmallPeice Trust, and everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves regardless of whether or not they were thinking about having a career in the RAF. The week overall was highly recommended to their peers. Have a look on the SmallPeice and the Royal Air Force website to find out about more opportunities.

Written by Fiona Lawson and Jo Clark.

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