RAF Cosford STEM Bus Programme
The aim of the RAF Cosford STEM Bus is to deliver a range of free and paid for events for schools, RAF families and community groups. 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 STEM related subjects.
With engaging workshops delivered by Tablet Academy teachers and/or RAF STEM Ambassadors it is hoped that the STEM Bus will inspire and encourage young people to get involved in STEM subjects and raise awareness of STEM careers.
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STEM Bus News
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.
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.
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.).
The STEM Bus visits Oldbury Wells School to support a transition day with a difference.
Students from Oldbury Wells School along with children from nearby Primary Schools were treated to a day of activities themed around BBC’s Doctor Who.
During the workshops students created their own Sonic Screwdrivers using the BBC micro:bit and designed their own rockets to defend the Earth against Dalek invasions.
Tablet Academy have teamed up with STEM Ambassadors from RAF Cosford to offer schools, colleges and other organisations the opportunity to host, or take part in, a free Aeronautical Engineering Festival. These festivals offer teachers and pupils (Years 5, 6 ,7 and 8) the opportunity to experience a range of exciting STEM activities and inspire them to explore in more detail Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths back at school.
Click here for more information about our free Aeronautical Engineering Festival
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who's behind the STEM Bus?
- Where does the bus travel?
- What's the cost?
- What activities are delivered on the STEM Bus?
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 email@example.com
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.
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, there may be a minimal charge from the RAF to cover fuel and maintenance. Please use the enquiry form below to share details of your request and we will get back to you regarding any costs involved.
If you wish for Tablet Academy to be involved in developing and delivering your event a minimal fee of £600 (+VAT) is required.
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.
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.