100 students have completed a five-day course at RAF Cosford, the home of RAF Engineering.
Girls aged 14-15 had the opportunity to work alongside RAF technicians and get hands-on with aircraft used for repairs at the RAF’s School of Technical Training.
Spending the week living in RAF barrack blocks, the students were put through a programme of engineering & science challenges including writing code to operate robots and completing a glider build project.
On the final day of the course, parents and families joined event staff for the final exhibition held at the RAF Museum Cosford.
Having started in September 2017, the youth programme for the RAF’s centenary year aims to build interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.
It is the largest investment in free STEM education delivered by a HM Government department.
Air Vice-Marshal Gray, who is the senior regular serving female in the British Armed Forces, said: “I congratulate the students of this residential course for all they’ve achieved this week.
“We have done this with the aim of showcasing the modern Royal Air Force and the opportunities that are available to young women.
“By doing so, we aim to encourage them to pursue their goals and challenge them to help us shape the Air Force of the future.”
One of the 100 girls who spent a week at RAF Cosford, Gauti Patel (14), said: “This week has helped me to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.”