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Local Engineers Take on the Heathrow Primary School Challenge

Local Engineers are taking on the ninth annual Heathrow Primary Schools Challenge, which will see over 3100 students participating from over 50 schools in the area surrounding London Heathrow Airport, to learn the story behind the Heathrow Terminal Two, or the ‘Queen’s Terminal’.

With the support of the Heathrow Airport employee volunteers, the education scheme which incorporates students from the airport’s five surrounding boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon, Slough and Spelthorne. The students will be learning about the construction of Heathrow Airport Terminal Two and will be drawing up their own designs for a new terminal building. They will also have the opportunity to test out the STIXX Machine, which is an environmentally frieldly, innovative device which turns used newspapers into rods that can be used in construction work.

Since its inception nine years ago the Heathrow Primary School Challenge has benefited over 20,000 children and has won the 2014 Malcom Gibbons Cup in the Spark! Partnership Awards.

London Heathrow Airport’s Head of Economic Development, Sundeep Sangha, commented:
“Heathrow is committed to reducing skills gaps in engineering and technology and in doing so helping the local economy, as well as raising academic achievements and aspirations of young people.

The Primary School Challenge is a wonderful example of how we do this; it complements the Key Stage 2 curriculum, and improves participants’ decision making, creativity and self confidence, all skills which they can develop and use in the workplace in years to come.”