This solemn promise was made at the opening of the Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre yesterday. Together with Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre, pupils from King’s Park and Govan Secondary School set out a promise to the planet as they look to live greener and more sustainable lives.
The promise read: “Change won’t happen overnight but that change starts now. Our first action comes today as we mark the launch of the Newton Flight Academy and learn more about sustainable aviation.”
Three full-motion flight simulators
The Newton Flight Academy is a classroom used to teach students aviation-related STEM concepts; inspiring engineers and scientists of tomorrow to develop the ideas and technologies that will shape the future of more sustainable aircraft and aviation.
The Academy hosts three full-motion flight simulators, but themes like space, biofuels, advanced materials, and manufacturing will also be included in the education.
A Newton Room offer practical education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for schools.
S3 and S4 pupils from across Scotland will get to engage in real-world challenges while working alongside industry professionals.
First in the UK
The classroom is developed in partnership with FIRST Scandinavia with support from the Boeing Company and contributions from the University of Strathclyde and Mathworks. It is the first Newton Flight Academy to open in the UK and will work in close partnership with the Science Skills Academy in the Highlands and Islands, which has been operating Newton Rooms since 2018.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing in the UK and Ireland, Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre, and Stian Elstad, Managing Director of FIRST Scandinavia all held speeches on the opening day. Welcoming Newton Flight Academy to be an important part of Glasgow Science Centres' commitment to the future.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.