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Over 250 Scouts from across the UK took part in the launch of the RAF100 Air Researcher Badge at the RAF Museum at Cosford.

The Scouts attending had a small taster of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities, contributed to a giant educational colouring wall and the opportunity to research some of the aircraft in the museum.

Air Vice-Marshal Richard Knighton, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design), hosted representatives from The Scout Association and specialist STEM organisations from across the UK.

He said: “Today sees the launch of an exciting new partnership for the RAF and Scout Association. We have launched this badge as part of a programme of events to promote science, technology, engineering and maths and aviation across the UK. We have worked hard to foster relationships with a number of external partners such as The Scout Association to help ensure a highly skilled workforce can meet challenges in the future.

“This is the first of many events in the build-up to the centenary of the Royal Air Force. We are committed to using this unique opportunity to inspire the next generation across the UK by growing their interest in Science and innovation”.

Simon Carter from The Scout Association said: “Scouting provides young people, both boys and girls, with skills for life and an opportunity to taste adventure. We are hugely pleased to be teaming up with The Royal Air Force to gain access to experts who can support our delivery of STEM activities and give our young people the skills they need to succeed in life”.

Inspired by the Royal Air Force’s Centenary next year, and part of the RAF100 Youth & STEM programme, the launch was part of the foundation to the RAF building interest in STEM-based careers among young people, helping to ensure that the UK has a highly skilled workforce of the future.

Curriculum-based STEM days will be delivered across the UK by RAF personnel, who volunteer as STEM Ambassadors in their spare time. As well as sponsoring the Air Researcher Activity Badge for the Scouts, this extensive national programme also includes robotics and engineering competitions and residential courses.

Source: RAF

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