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Kinross High School Build-a-Plane

Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust secures Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER funding investment for Kinross High School Build-a-Plane project.

Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust (“ASSET”) is delighted to announce that we have received confirmation of support from Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Programme 2014-2020: The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.  We have received an offer of a grant of £30,000 for the Kinross High School (“KHS”) Build-a-Plane project, it was announced today. This will match £30,000 of funding ASSET raised through its recent crowdfunding project to support the KHS Build-a-Plane activity.

The ASSET Build-a-Plane project aims to give local Kinross High School boys and girls a chance to help assemble a real plane from a full size kit, which will make a clear link between the project and STEM education from the outset.

The project will begin in November this year when ASSET will take delivery of a Eurofox kit plane from Slovakia. It will be housed at Kinross High School where a team of school-children will learn about all aspects of flight including assembling and subsequently flying the two-seater plane in the Summer of 2018. In addition, Air Service Training Ltd, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands – will be involved in providing pupils with workshops covering hands on engineering skills development, health & safety briefing, a hangar visit and aeronautics theory.

In recent months, ASSET has been working on raising funds through a crowdfunding campaign; by setting up a local volunteer group; attending a number of local community events including – the Kinross Farmers Market; the Portmoak Family Day and Fife Airport Open Day – to raise awareness of the B-a-P project and its longer-term plans to create a flight and space themed visitor attraction. An art competition has been launched “Flight to the Future” which will be open for entries until December to encourage wider community engagement across Perth & Kinross and nearby regions. In addition, an Astronomy Day for all is being held at the Loch Leven Community Campus on Saturday 30 September in partnership with Cosmos Planetarium and the Astronomer Royal for Scotland.

Alisdair Stewart, chairman, Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust said: “We’re delighted that Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER is supporting this inspirational effort for pupils at Kinross High School.  Thanks to LEADER, the Build-a-Plane project can now get underway.  Without this generous support from LEADER, the wonderful opportunity we now have to engage children in the physics and engineering of flight would have stalled. It really is going to be a fantastic project for Kinross High School, and will no doubt inspire boys and girls who might not otherwise have done so, to make better informed subject choices and have a wider horizon of career aspiration. Once the finished plane has been certified, students will be given the chance to have a free opportunity to experience the sheer joy of flight. Thus, we will inspire some engineers and pilots of the future at a time when these skills are in high demand and short supply”

Explaining the importance of the Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER support, Jackie Brierton, Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Chair said,

“The award of £30,000 towards this community project is one of a number benefitting from a portion of £3.8 million of LEADER and Scottish Government funds available for the development of rural communities and rural enterprise until 2020 in Perth & Kinross. It is a fantastic opportunity for us all and we are pleased we have been able to support it.”

“It’s about inspiring young minds, and we plan to start to do that from the get go.”