London Stansted has introduced the Jet Zero curriculum, aiming to inspire the next generation of environmentally conscious aviators. The program, designed for local schools like REAch2’s Water Lane Primary Academy, had its first session on October 13 at the Aerozone Education Centre.
Using interactive game technology, Year 3 pupils explored the creation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and its role in achieving net-zero aviation by 2050.
This initial step into sustainable flying education is just the prelude to a comprehensive curriculum, with the second phase set to launch later this year. The initiative aligns seamlessly with London Stansted's owner, MAG, and their Jet Zero Education pledge—a commitment made in July 2022, concurrent with the UK Government's Jet Zero Strategy publication.
Miss D Farquhar, Water Lane Primary Academy's Science Lead, shared her long connection with the Aerozone Education Centre, highlighting its consistent role in delivering captivating STEM learning experiences to the pupils. The visits, she noted, have consistently captivated children's interest, featuring key speakers such as ground staff, pilots, air hostesses, and engineers. The immersive day includes visits to a dedicated platform for close-up aircraft viewing, complete with flashing lights from friendly pilots, and hands-on activities with the fire brigade, allowing children to wield water hoses like real firefighters.
Lily-Mae Clark, aged 7, a participant in the visit, succinctly described the experience as "out of this world."
London Stansted's Jet Zero curriculum aim is to impart essential knowledge about sustainable aviation but also serves as a multidisciplinary platform supporting subjects like Geography, Careers, History, and various STEM activities related to forces, motion, speed, and engineering. The program aims not only to educate but to inspire, fostering a new generation of environmentally conscious aviation enthusiasts who are ready to soar to new heights.
REAch2 Academy Trust values environmental responsibility and recognises the importance of incorporating sustainable aviation education into school curricula. This aligns with the our commitment to providing a well-rounded education that extends beyond traditional boundaries. By promoting awareness of sustainable practices, we aim to equip pupils with the knowledge and mindset to contribute positively to a greener future. This approach not only supports sustainability goals but also prepares our pupils to be responsible global citizens who understand the balance between technological advancements and environmental stewardship.