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Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency – FAQS

Please note that we are continually following government guidance and in the unfortunate event that the residential programme must be cancelled, schools will be notified as quickly as possible with the view to arrange alternative dates if possible.

The STAAR programme has been designed to provide a unique experience to inspire young people to learn more about advanced aerospace systems and engineering and to encourage them to study and take up careers in STEM – related fields.

We encourage teachers enrol a group of students who may have an aptitude for STEM but may not have had an opportunity to take part in an experience like this before.

Who is STAAR for and how do I apply?

Due to current government guidance surrounding COVID-19, we are asking schools to nominate 10 students from a year group. Nominations are open for students in Year 9 (Scottish S3) for the academic year 2021/2022, who have shown a flair for STEM or have an interest but who may not have had the opportunity to partake in such a programme.

STAAR is open to UK citizens only.

STAAR is not open to children of Northrop Grumman or Royal Air Force Museum employees.

Applications must be made by a teacher, school representative or cadet leader using a school/company email address, after consultation with the nominated students and their parents/guardians. Any applications that are made by students themselves will not be accepted.

Applications open on 28 February, with the competition resource pack being sent out on 7 March. Competition spans from 7 March – 8 April.  

Students will be given 3 STEM based tasks, and asked to create a presentation in which they discuss the work they have done, and why we should choose their team.  

Judging will take place from 8 April – 22 April with winning schools being contacted on 25 April. 

Residentials take place: 18-22 July for Week 1 & 25-29 July for Week 2. 

To apply, please fill out the following form and email it to

How does the competition work and how and when will I receive the tasks?

You will receive the tasks on 7 March via a secure OneDrive link with everything they need to complete the tasks at their own pace. The team will also be offering webinars so that teachers and students can ask any burning questions!

How will STAAR Recruits be selected?

There are 10 places available per school on each residential and the selection process takes place via VIP guests reviewing the schools entries against a set of criteria and independently adjudicated. A total of four schools can win a place (dependant on student numbers), and dates will be offered for a residential on 25 April 2022.

When is STAAR 2022 and why does the residential take place when the students move into Year 10 (S4 in Scotland)?

Residentials take place: 18-22 July for Week 1 & 25-29 July for Week 2. This is to give students the chance to explore STEM as they move into their final years of compulsory education.

What will STAAR Recruits will get from the competition and (if successful) residential course?

  • Discover the stories of historical aircraft and the evolution of aerospace over time
  • Explore advanced aerospace concepts and design
  • Examine the evolution and future of advanced aerospace technologies
  • Learn about multi-role aerospace capabilities
  • Develop critical thinking skills and team building

Why learn about advanced aerospace technologies?

There is no better way to experience the power of aerospace engineering than by seeing first-hand how it is applied to the design and development of unmanned aircraft and other advanced aerospace systems, and the impact it has in meeting the needs of a nation: to stimulate innovation, to push the boundaries of scientific research and development, to create next-generation technologies and manufacturing capabilities and to produce a skilled workforce for now and the future.

During the competition stage, students will have already been introduced to the main concepts and themes which will culminate in the mission’s end during the residential.

How much will it cost?

STAAR is a free fully funded programme including funds towards the cost of transport for your 10 students if they are successful and chosen to attend the residential at RAF Cosford. Transport needs will be discussed via call.

STAAR activities will be delivered between the base at RAF Cosford and the RAF Museum Midlands site. Bus transportation will be arranged by RAF Cosford between the two sites as necessary.

RAF Cosford is a secure campus. RAF personnel, video monitoring and perimeter fencing are in place 24/7. During the week, guests must check in through the main security gate where they are issued with the required pass for admittance. Additionally, fire and safety equipment is located in buildings throughout the campus.

RAF Museum Midlands is open to the general public from 10.00am to 5.00pm from March to October. The Museum site has monitored CCTV, with fire and safety equipment in each of the Hangars and main buildings. Students will spend time at the Museum as part of the programme and the Graduation Ceremony on the final day will be hosted in the Museum auditorium.

Where will STAAR Recruits be staying?

Recruits will be assigned to a shared room in an accommodation block on the RAF Cosford camp. Different genders will be housed in the same block but on separate floors. Staff from Tablet Academy & RAF Museum, who are all CRB/DBS Police checked, will be on duty in the accommodation 24/7 and will accompany recruits during their activities.

Where will STAAR Recruits take their meals?

STAAR Recruits will enjoy daily meals either in their own dedicated area in the Junior Ranks’ Mess at RAF Cosford or, on occasions when the Mess is too far, they will be provided with packed lunches . The food service staff will ensure that healthy meals are available and that any special dietary needs are met.

What does a typical STAAR day’s schedule look like?



8.00am – 12.00pm

Morning activities at RAF Cosford / RAF Museum (including a break)



1.00pm – 5.00pm

Afternoon activities at RAF Cosford / RAF Museum (including a break)



5.45pm – 7.00pm

Personal reflection time

7.00pm – 9.30pm

Evening social activities


Lights out

Can teachers accompany the students?

We would prefer students to be unaccompanied (except on the coach) as we want them to have the whole unique residential experience. Please get in touch if you have any further queries or concerns.

What is the STAAR Dress Code?

STAAR Uniform

While attending the STAAR programme, Recruits are required to dress in an appropriate and conservative manner, with clothing suitable for practical activities. Recruits will be provided with STAAR programme kit, including t-shirts, hats and a bag pack. 

If you have further any questions about the programme not already covered above, please contact us at or telephone 01902 376 200.