RAF Cosford STEM Bus Programme

The RAF Cosford STEM Bus is a collaboration between RAF Cosford and Tablet Academy with support from the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a range of technology companies. It’s aim is to support RAF families and local communities across the Midlands by providing them with access to technology and a range of engaging learning activities such as Aeronautical Engineering, Minecraft, Computing, Virtual Reality and Robotics in order to stimulate an interest in Engineering and other subjects.

Use of the Bus is free for events organised by families from RAF Cosford and a percentage of any funds raised through the hiring of the bus by other organisations is donated to the RAF Benevolent Fund, the leading charity supporting the welfare of RAF service personnel and families.

Whether located in the middle of a large a town or a small village, the RAF STEM Bus, accompanied by a Tablet Academy teacher and RAF STEM Ambassador, can visit your school, community or RAF service quarters to explore the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with children and adults alike.


RAF Cosford Airshow
11th June 2017

The STEM Bus will have its first public outing on Sunday 11th June at the popular RAF Cosford Airshow. Airshow visitors will have the opportunity to jump on board and enjoy a range of taster STEM Activities including Virtual Reality and unique electric building bricks (first in the U.K.).

Funding Made Available
1st June 2017

The RAF STEM Bus team and partners are excited to announce that our application for support from The Institution of Engineering & Technology and Institution of Mechanical Engineers has been successful. This means that in addition to the generous funding from the RAF Benevolent Fund, these funds will enable us to introduce more children to the exciting world of STEM especially those from RAF families serving at RAF Cosford and RAF Shawbury and rural communities across the Midlands..

Brixo Building Bricks
11th June 2017

Tablet Academy to demonstrate exclusively and for the 1st time in the UK the amazing Brixo Building Bricks. Bring your LEGO® creations to life with Brixo Building Bricks. The unique bricks conduct electricity enabling children to add working circuits to any creation without the need for wires. Brixo have joined the STEM Bus programme to help educate and inspire children.

Welcome Aboard!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM for short, are becoming an important set of subjects taught at schools across the country. As we educate young scientists and engineers of the future many schools find it difficult to resource some of the costly equipment required to really engage young people in these subjects.

In order to help schools across the Midlands solve this problem, Tablet Academy teachers have joined forces with STEM Ambassadors from RAF Cosford, the home of the UK Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering, to bring a range of resources, skills and fun activities to schools and community events.

Through exciting and fun activities teachers and parents can learn how Robots, Minecraft and other technologies can be used to encourage young people to get involved in STEM subjects and raise awareness of STEM careers.

The STEM Bus has been made possible through financial support from the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Institution of Engineering & Technology and Institution of Mechanical Engineers whilst a full range of equipment from 3D-Printers to Tablets and other technologies have been donated by educational technology partners such as HP, ACER, Avocor, Wave9 and RM Education.

Sponsorship from a range of partners enables us to offer a number of events to school for free.

If you have an opportunity where we can help you engage young people in the world of STEM, Contact us and we will see how we can help.


The double decker bus was originally purchased by RAF Cosford with financial support from the RAF Benevolent Fund to act as a mobile community PlayBus.

In May 2017, RAF Cosford partnered with Tablet Academy to convert the bus into a mobile STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classroom through which to co-develop and co-deliver a range of exciting, hands-on activities at schools and public events throughout the Midlands.

It’s purpose is to bring STEM experiences to children of all ages and in doing so help close future skills gap identified within the UK STEM industries.

The technology on-board such as 3D Printers, tablet computers, robots, interactive touch panels and more have been kindly donated by a number of industry partners with financial support from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

If you would like information on having the bus visit your school or your company would like to sponsor a STEM Bus visit in your area then please email info@tablet-academy.com

The STEM Bus travels to schools and public events within a 30 mile (approximate) radius of RAF Cosford.

To see if we can bring the STEM Bus to you, run map search for directions from the postcode TF11 8UP to your location.

The 30 mile limit is only approximate and as such if you are just outside of this area then still enquire and we will see if we can accommodate.

If your school hosts or attends a Learning Festival run on the bus there is no cost involved.

Learning Festivals delivered on the bus are free of charge thanks to the kind support from our industry partners.

If your school or community would like to book the STEM Bus for your event, the cost is £700 (+VAT) which includes the attendance of RAF STEM Ambassadors and Tablet Academy teachers who will facilitate your STEM activities.

There are NO additional hidden costs such as fuel etc.

All education activities delivered on the STEM Bus have been created by experienced Tablet Academy Teachers or RAF STEM Ambassadors well versed in all aspects of engineering.

Each activity is designed to challenge young people to explore a specific area of STEM and involves the use of a range of technologies.

For an example programme please visit our Aeronautical Engineering Festival web page.


RAF Cosford opened in 1938 as a joint aircraft maintenance, storage and technical training unit. Situated in the picturesque countryside of Shropshire, RAF Cosford is not only home to No 1 School of Technical Training as part of the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering but also to the Aerosystems Engineering and Management Training School and No 1 Radio School, with all three coming under the Defence College of Technical Training. The RAF School of Physical Training and the Defence School of Photography are also based here at Cosford. RAF Apprenticeships, as delivered at RAF Cosford, were recently recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.


Tablet Academy is a platform agnostic organisation whose aim is to assist institutions in transforming teaching and learning through the integration and application of new and existing technologies. Offering a range of consultancy, training, and pupil engagement services, our team of experienced educators support over 700 institutions and provide professional development courses to over 12,000 teachers a year.

The range of Tablet Academy Services include Strategic Senior Leadership Consultancy, Teaching with Technology Skills Audits, Professional Development, Accredited Training, Curriculum Development, Project Based Learning and Student Enrichment Days.


The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after its own. They are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children with principal activities including:

  • To provide assistance to the RAF family, when they are in need.
  • To maintain and preserve the RAF Memorial in London on behalf of the nation.
  • To support the morale and wellbeing of the serving RAF.
  • To be responsible for the Bomber Command Memorial in central London.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books. It is one of the fastest growing professional engineering institutions. Headquartered in London, we have operations around the world and over 115,000 members in more than 140 countries working at the heart of the most important and dynamic industries such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries.



The STEM Bus Programme would not be possible without the support of the following Industry Partners…

Technology Solutions

Providing hardware for educational institutions around the world, pushing the boundaries of innovation and empower learners to achieve more.

HP for Education

At HP, we understand students engage and succeed when their education is as unique as they are: flexible and personalised to their individual learning needs. Our education solutions offer students everywhere, all-the-time access to the content, curricula, and collaboration they need to enable true learning.


Royal Air Force Museum

Over 70 aircraft of international importance are housed in three Wartime Hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition.

RAF Museum Cosford

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is located in Shropshire and offers a fun, entertaining day out for all the entire family. Situated next to an active airfield, this is the only place in the Midlands where you can get close to so many breathtaking aircraft for free.


Managed ICT Services

Wave 9 was established in 2013 by five founders with extensive experience in providing tailored and cost effective educational ICT services.

Wave 9

As a leading provider of Managed ICT Infrastructure Services to schools and academies, we provide a full suite of services with flexible payment options; from Broadband and Filtering, Telephony and Wireless Networking, to Managed Hybrid Cloud and Server platforms and in-school technical support.


ICT Support for Schools

RM Education make technology work for your teaching and learning needs.

RM Education

From flexible ICT support, teaching and learning apps and essential infrastructure hardware; to the UK's most popular network and progressive cloud-based school MIS, RM Education is a trusted advisor and valued ICT partner to thousands of schools here in the UK.


Interactive Solutions

Avocor are dedicated to creating interactive and innovative
'Front of Class' solutions that enhance collaboration and learning in the classroom.


Avocor designs, develops and manufactures market leading technology solutions designed for education.
We specialise in providing next generation interactive touch screens and associated products that provide an unrivalled experience for educational institutions.


A New Way to Code

With CloudProfessor, we give everyone the opportunity to see how easy it can be to design the next great invention.

Acer Cloud Professor

Acer CloudProfessor allows you to choose between a variety of programming languages, including JavaScript, LiveCode, as well as Blockly, which provides younger learners with the visual interface they need to start understanding the Internet of Things.



If you would like to hire the RAF STEM Bus for your event, complete with a qualified teacher and RAF STEM Ambassador who can deliver a range of STEM activities for people of all ages, simply fill in the form below and we will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.

NOTE: A percentage of the proceeds raised go to further support the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the leading charity supporting the welfare of RAF service personnel and their families.

Contact Us

The STEM Bus team are always keen to hear from like minded organisations trying to raise the awareness of STEM across education. If you have an idea or opportunity you would like to discuss, feel free to call us on 01952 567450.

Email the STEM Bus Team