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Stansted’s STEM Programme Takes Root

This week, Stansted Airport has opened its new £500,000 learning hub, an education centre to inspire young people in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths. The hub, one of the Manchester Airports Group’s flagship community projects, also aims to teach young people of Stansted’s rich history and educate them about the broad range of careers that are available to them in the aviation industry.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Aerozone on June 10th, over 150 community representatives, business representatives, local school children, local councillors and special guest Ledley King were in attendance. The scheme, which aims to educate over 5000 young people by 2016, is sponsored by almost 20 businesses and organisations including Boeing UK and Essex County Council.

Commenting on the airport’s education project, Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director said,
“The Aerozone is our flagship community project here at Stansted and its opening represents a long-term commitment to our community. Engaging with young people, particularly those living in areas close to the airport, is a vital part of our community work. The aim of the centre is to inspire young people to consider the varied careers within aviation, focusing on the vital STEM subjects that generate real prospects for young people and open their eyes to the fantastic opportunities available on their doorstep.”

Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing UK and Ireland welcomed the facility:
“As a growing aerospace company, Boeing has an increased need for engineers. Educational facilities like the Stansted Aerozone play an important role in inspiring young people at an early stage to study STEM subjects and take an interest in aviation. Boeing is a proud supporter of the Aerozone and we will work together to ensure as many schools and students as possible benefit from its facilities.”