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High school students enjoy 'jet-fuelled presentation'

PUBLISHED: 17:28 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:28 21 June 2017

Student Edan Page (year 8) demonstrates effects of jetstream utilising a lightweight ball and a blower. Picture: Julie Durrant

Student Edan Page (year 8) demonstrates effects of jetstream utilising a lightweight ball and a blower. Picture: Julie Durrant

Julie Durrant

Students at a Lowestoft academy have had fun with flight.

RAF Fun with Flight Roadshow. Picture: Julie DurrantRAF Fun with Flight Roadshow. Picture: Julie Durrant

The physics of flying were explored at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft as the school hosted a successful RAF roadshow.

The students in years eight and nine at the high school in Yarmouth Road welcomed members of the RAF roadshow team to their school for an exciting jet-fuelled presentation, which has been designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in schools.

With two workshops held, the children discovered how the physics they study in the classroom is an integral part of the work that engineers undertake in the RAF and other engineering organisations on a daily basis.

RAF Fun with Flight Roadshow presented to year 8 and 9 students over two roadshows. Picture: Julie DurrantRAF Fun with Flight Roadshow presented to year 8 and 9 students over two roadshows. Picture: Julie Durrant

Using exciting demonstrations, students were invited to take part in some thrilling experiments, which included looking at drones, balloons, airships and even jet engines.

They also learnt about the altitude world record for a microlight – a very small one-or two-seater aircraft – and the physics behind how the RAF achieved their goal.

With Ormiston Denes Academy sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) – a trust which is committed to enriching students’ education through extracurricular demonstrations and activities – the roadshow proved to be a success.

Drone. Picture: Julie DurrantDrone. Picture: Julie Durrant

Ben Driver, principal of Ormiston Denes Academy, said: “It’s great to see our students grasp this exciting opportunity to explore STEM subjects in such an energetic and enthusiastic manner. Events such as this really bring science to life and give students the chance to apply what they’ve learnt in the classroom to real life scenarios.

“I’d like to thank all the members of the RAF Roadshow team who were able to put on such an action-packed and engaging performance.”

Julie Mayo, transition and co-curricular projects manager, added: “We take STEM subjects very seriously at Ormiston Denes Academy and realise the importance of our young people having the opportunity to learn more about these subjects. This RAF roadshow provided such excitement and inspiration for our students to get more involved with STEM subjects and I’ve been so impressed with the enthusiasm and vigour with which all have approached the day.”

RAF Fun with Flight Roadshow. Picture: Julie DurrantRAF Fun with Flight Roadshow. Picture: Julie Durrant

Student Edan Page (year 8) demonstrates effects of jetstream utilising a lightweight ball and a blower. Picture: Julie DurrantStudent Edan Page (year 8) demonstrates effects of jetstream utilising a lightweight ball and a blower. Picture: Julie Durrant

Student Edan Page (year 8) demonstrates effects of jetstream utilising a lightweight ball and a blower. Picture: Julie DurrantStudent Edan Page (year 8) demonstrates effects of jetstream utilising a lightweight ball and a blower. Picture: Julie Durrant

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