Residential STEM Camp

The STAAR (SummerTime Advanced Aerospace Residency) Programme is sponsored by Northrop Grumman in partnership with the RAF Museums.  It is delivered by the Cosford RAF Museum, the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford, the RAF Youth and STEM Engagement Team, and Tablet Academy. 

STAAR is designed for Year 10 (Scottish S3) students who demonstrate an interest and aptitude for one or more STEM subjects. It is a fully-funded immersive 5-day, hands-on residential camp like no other. Successful students live on base at RAF Cosford amongst Defence Engineering Trainees, and each day consists of a number of lessons and experiences delivered by RAF Museum STEM Ambassadors, industry experts from Northrop Grumman, Tablet Academy educators and RAF Instructors. Students experience planning engineering operations and diagnosing engine problems on live Aircraft engines. 

Tablet Academy has worked on the programme since its inception, running a successful 1st year pilot and then working alongside programme partners to improve the programme year on year. Our role includes developing the curriculum, managing the logistics, and chaperoning the young people during their stay. 

Overall I have had a blast of a time in this summer camp, learning so many new concepts, taught by professionals, it is a truly unique experience—STAAR Cadet.

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