The Airbus Foundation, in partnership with the AAD Youth Development Programme (YDP) will host a series of Airbus Little Engineer workshops at the Africa Aerospace & Defence biennale in Pretoria this week.
The Airbus Little Engineer programme for school pupils aged between 10 and 16 is designed to ignite a passion for technology, with a view to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning, Airbus said on 19 September. It also provides an early learning exposure to the exciting and dynamic world of Aerospace, which is an industrial sector South Africa’s government has identified as strategic for its economic development and diversification.
Around 80 South African learners will participate in the workshops on the 19th, 20th and 21st September, which will focus on space technology and the benefits of space exploration. During the four-hour sessions, learners will assemble and launch a model rocket, carry out a simulated space mission launch, set up a base and establish communications.
“We are very excited to host the Airbus Little Engineer workshops together with the AAD YDP,” said Andrea Debbane, Executive Director of the Airbus Foundation. “Introducing the young generation to STEM skills as early as possible is key, so that they can prosper in our increasingly digital, connected and globally competitive world.”
Airbus Little Engineer workshops effectively bridge the gap between theory and practice at an elementary level. In addition to promoting STEM learning, the workshops also help learners’ soft skills development through teamwork, communication, critical thinking, public speaking, and creativity, Airbus said.
To date, Airbus Little Engineer workshops have been delivered to over 4,000 learners across the Middle East and Africa, including over 700 school pupils in South Africa.