Calling all Year 10 STEM Teachers!

If you are a Year 10 STEM teacher who has a talented student in your class then you may be interested in the amazing opportunity that Northrop Grumman, through its charity, the Northrop Grumman Foundation has developed in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Museum – a totally free week long STEM summer school at RAF Cosford for 14 -15 year olds who are passionate about STEM.

Having learnt about last summer’s pilot programme I believe that this
is an unique opportunity for all 14
and 15 year olds who dream about forging a future career for themselves in aerospace,
science, technology or engineering. By
participating in our programme, all students will enjoy a rare and invaluable
experience while at the same time taking an important first step in their chosen
STEM career.

The STAAR Logo

Listening to those students who took part in last year’s pilot programme it is clear that
taking part in our Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency is an opportunity
not to be missed:

– “It’s been amazing!”

– “One of the most valuable weeks I’ve ever had.”

– A “once in a lifetime opportunity which cannot be taken for granted.”

That’s how our first recruits describe their experience with our new STAAR Programme.

Students from last year's pilot programme working as a team to solve a real life problem

So what is STAAR? Essentially it is a fully-funded week-long fully
immersive and hands-on residential STEM course. Students will live together at
Cosford’s Royal Air Force Base, and will be immersed into 5 days of STEM
at the end of which they will present their findings to the course’s
judges and family at an awards ceremony.

Throughout the week they will learn from RAF Museum STEM Ambassadors,
industry experts, and RAF personnel and will work with some of the most
innovative and cutting edge technologies on the planet. Everyday activities will
include the exploration of advanced aerospace concepts and design and their
evolution and future; discovery – the history and science behind things; working
on the real aircraft engines (a particular favourite amongst the girls in
last year’s group); flying drones and solving real-life challenges based on
real-life missions
such as organising an evacuation during an earthquake.

Developing strategy while working with robots!

The Programme will also help your students develop their critical thinking and
team-building skills, important life-skills to have. But most importantly of
all students will have the opportunity to make new friends from different
backgrounds while having endless fun.

At the end of the STAAR Programme each team will present their newly
acquired knowledge and achievements in front of their friends and family at the
Museum’s Cosford Lecture Theatre in a final awards ceremony.

Students from last year's pilot programme attempting a rescue from an earthquake zone and flying drones

If you have a 10 Year student, interested in STEM and dreaming about developing
innovations, pushing the boundaries and creating the next-generation
technologies, our new STAAR Programme is for them.

We are currently offering 20 fully-funded
places from 16-20 July and 23-27 July
available for 10 Year students, who are
interested in how things work, and have great problem-solving skills a can-do
attitude and willingness to learn the new things and work as a team.

Applications must be made by you, their teacher, or a school representative using a
school email address, after consultation with the nominated student and their
parents by no later than 7 May. Applications are open for any talented Year 10
STEM student
within the United Kingdom.

For frequently asked questions about
the course and an example time-table please visit

We look
forward to welcoming the U.K’s next generation of STEM STAARs.

Students from last year's pilot programme being briefed for a challenge at RAF Cosford

The STAAR Programme is brought to you by Northrop Grumman, with the support of
the Northrop Grumman Foundation, and in partnership with the RAF Museum. It is
being delivered by the Museum, Royal Air Force Cosford and Tablet Academy.

Our partners in delivering the STAAR Programme - Northrop Grumman, the Royal Air Force, and Tablet Academy

Downloadable A3 Posters – For Teachers – For Students
About the Author

Tatiana Timoshina: Communications Executive

I am responsible for all of the Museum's Social Media and Digital communications. As a recent joiner to the Museum I look forward to discovering amazing stories and sharing them with you.