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RAF 100 STEM Residential - RAF Wittering

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There is no better way to experience the power of STEM than by seeing first-hand how it solves real life problems in an engineering and logistics environment. This course teams you with RAF and other engineers and logisticians, who will guide you through every step of the process.

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Who its open to

The residential is open to students aged 14 or 15 who are members of a uniformed youth organisation.

What you will be doing

  • Within a team of fellow students you will be working on elements of support to a Humanitarian Aid operation in a far off country.
  • Learning the practical applications of the techniques and processes you will be using.
  • Understanding the importance of budgets for materials and food and in developing designs, allowing you to calculate the financial impact of your decisions.
  • Working alongside real engineers and logisticians drawing on their knowledge and putting your new skills into practice.
  • Gaining valuable employment skills, working in a team, communication, time management, problem solving, planning and presentations.
  • Working towards a British Science CREST Award and an Industrial Cadet Award, both of which are viewed favourably by universities in your personal statement and by employers in your CV.

What is expected from you?

Full participation. The instructors will encourage all students to take part in every activity, even if it seems a bit daunting at first. This might seem a little worrying to begin with, but you will soon realise that most things are not as scary or as difficult as they seem. The most challenging things are often the most rewarding!
The instructor will not ask anyone to try something that they think is beyond their ability or that is unsafe, so students are encouraged to give everything a go, and see how much they can achieve!

What you will get from the course

The course will give you lots of opportunities to push yourself out of your comfort zone, to try new things that you didn’t think you were capable of and to work with people you might not have met before. By taking every one of these opportunities and trying your hardest throughout the course, you will discover something new about yourself and begin to develop the employability skills that are critical in adult life.

When and what will the students eat on the course?

All food is provided for you during the course and you will have a choice of meals – including vegetarian and Halal options. We can make provision for special dietary requirements too, as long as you notify us on the health form. Soft drinks are provided with meals and additional snacks and refreshments are available thought the day.

What does accommodation look like?

Single-sex, dormitory style accommodation with rooms normally accommodating 4 people. Single-sex bathroom facilities are located in close proximity to the dorm and a drying room is also available for those wet clothes! We will put together a plan of who will be sharing a room.

What does a typical day's schedule look like?

Below is a sample outline of what a typical day is like:

  • 0630 - Wake up
  • 0730 - 0800 Breakfast
  • 0830 - 1200 Activity time with your group and instructor
  • 1200 - 1300 Lunch
  • 1300 - 1700 Activity Time with your group and instructor
  • 1700 - 1800 Dinner
  • 1800 - 2100 Evening Activities including Crest Project Coursework.
  • 2100 - 2200 Free Time
  • 2200 to Dorms
  • 2230 Lights out

Is there any mobile phone reception or internet access?

Yes, there is mobile reception, but due to our location, and depending on the network provider, it can be a bit patchy! You won't have internet access during your course. You will only be allowed your phones during your free time in the evening.

RAF Stations are of a prestigious nature with a high number of visitors and trainees. Behaviour must be of the highest order at all times. If in doubt ASK!

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