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Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency - 2019

Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency

Applications for the 2019 STAAR Programme are now closed.
The STAAR Programme will be running from the 22 - 26 July and the 29 July - 2 August. 

STAAR has been Highly Commended in the M+H Awards 2019 for Educational Initiative of the YearThe STAAR (Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency) 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, RAF Youth and STEM Engagement Team and Tablet Academy.

STAAR is designed for Year 10 students who demonstrate an interest or aptitude for one or more STEM subjects. It is a fully-funded immersive week-long, hands-on residential camp, like no other. Successful students stay with chaperones on base at RAF Cosford, and each day of the course is delivered at the RAF Museum or on base at RAF Cosford by RAF Museum STEM Ambassadors, industry experts from Northrop Grumman, Tablet Academy professionals and RAF STEM personnel. 

STAAR Recruits will learn about advanced aerospace systems and concepts and will address how the need for solutions to achieve an air mission shapes the way engineers and scientists design aerospace systems. Recruits will also work towards a CREST Award and a Industrial Cadet Award during the programme.

CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects, and is respected by universities and employers and enhances students’ UCAS personal statements. For more information on the CREST Award, click here

Industrial Cadets is an industry-led accreditation, which gives recruits a unique insight into industry. Skills and knowledge are built and enhanced whilst being mentored by industry role models. For more information on the Industrial Cadet Award, click here.

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STAAR 2019 runs during the following weeks:
22 - 26 July and 29 July - 2 August 

STAAR Team 2018

Recruits will be introduced to historical missions and aircraft design at the RAF Museum; and with the guidance of aerospace engineers and teaching professionals, our STAAR Recruits will be taught about concepts such as wing design; hypersonics; power generation; how payloads affect weight and balance; innovative new materials and technologies; and the capabilities an aerospace system requires to achieve the mission and the overall effect.  

They will also explore current threat environments and potential future scenarios.  With their new knowledge and skills, our recruits will be set challenges of their own – to work through their team’s mission and design their very own advanced aerospace systems solutions. 

The programme provides students for five intense days with the full experience of life as an RAF engineering trainee, excluding aspects of military life such as marching of course! There is a large social element built into the programme as participants from the 50/50 gender split cohort are placed in a group of approximately 5 students with whom to live, work, learn, and solve tasks together. 

The STAAR programme brings together students from all walks of life and from across the UK to partake in this 5-Day residential programme which provides them with a great opportunity to mix with like- minded teenagers that they perhaps wouldn’t typically meet. At times, this can create a stressful situation for some participants, but with pastoral care and support from the RAF, RAF Museum, and Tablet Academy staff as well as soft team building workshops embedded throughout the programme, all participants soon become members of well knitted teams, all keen to participate and work together to achieve their common goals.

During the programme, participants live in secure accommodation inside ‘the wire’. This means that they will experience shared accommodation, which even though it may be somewhat of a shock for some recruits, it also ensures they have the opportunity to relax in a very safe environment with help and support available 24/7 from fully-qualified chaperones should any participant have personal concerns or needs. 

Get ready for take-off with the STAAR Programme.

The programme is funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and all places on the STAAR programme are provided free to the selected students.

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