Inzpire were delighted to take part in the RAF Museum Cosford ‘Forces in STEM’ event on 29 September 21 at the excellent Cold War Hangar.
As a company we recognise the importance of enthusing the next generation of talent to be the best they can be and give them an insight as to how STEM subjects can provide an exciting career path across a range of industries.
To ensure the students were able to get a true flavour of what Inzpire is all about, we took along some of our newest simulator innovations, including our CASE Unmanned Aerial System Simulator and Vortex HeliSim which were recently unveiled to the world's military at DSEI.
Our team of three were able to unload the simulators from the small delivery van in less than an hour; it took far longer to fill the Inzpire goodie bags and set them out ready for the event! This gave us time to plan the best way to engage with students and look at some of the excellent exhibits in the museum.
Inzpire's Owen Varley, Mikey Newton and myself at yesterday's fantastic 'Forces in STEM' event
The event attracted approximately 750 students accompanied by teaching staff and parents, and many visited the Inzpire display area. Teachers, parents, and support staff were able to photograph our two STEM quizzes to use as a resource at their leisure and all went away with an eco-friendly Inzpire goodie bag.
The pupils showed a lot of interest in our CASE Unmanned Aerial System Simulator, learning about how to control and mission-manage the air platform and with the sensor operator, work as a team to find and track the drug smugglers to their secret hide-out.
Our targeted fidelity Vortex HeliSim, using a virtual reality headset and realistic mechanical flying controls, proved to be a great hit with pupils and adults alike as they displayed their varying level of skills at the controls of a Bell 212.
Our Vortex HeliSim was a hit with the students - and teachers!
It was amazing to see many of the teenagers apply their gaming reflexes and go from a very wobbly start and, with some guidance from our team, to flying the helicopter quite smoothly around a costal city before making a very respectable effort at landing on the airport. Well done to all those that landed without flames licking around the cockpit!
Despite COVID restrictions and cancellations by some schools, The Inzpire STEM ambassadors had a great time engaging with students, teachers, parents, museum staff, RAF personnel and fellow industry exhibitors. A huge thank you to the RAF Cosford Museum team for their help and support in enabling the event.
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