Aerozone Stansted, the airport’s new education centre designed to inspire young people, officially opens its doors today (June 10). The £500,000 learning hub, MAG’s (Manchester Airports Group) flagship community project at Stansted, aims to boost skills in STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths, to tell the story of the airport’s rich history and show visitors the range of exciting careers that are available in aviation. The airport aims to attract over 5,000 youngsters to the centre by 2016.
Speaking ahead of the grand opening, Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, said:
“The Aerozone is our flagship community project here at Stansted and its opening represents a long-term commitment to our community. Engaging with young people, particularly those living in areas close to the airport, is a vital part of our community work. The aim of the centre is to inspire young people to consider the varied careers within aviation, focusing on the vital STEM subjects that generate real prospects for young people and open their eyes to the fantastic opportunities available on their doorstep.”
Over 150 community representatives, local councillors, business representatives, local school children and special guest, Tottenham Hotspur legend, Ledley King from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will gather at the Aerozone today to mark the official opening. Almost 20 separate businesses and organisations have joined forces with the airport and are supporting the Aerozone project, offering sponsorship and materials to equip the centre including Boeing and Essex County Council.
Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing and Ireland, said:
“As a growing aerospace company Boeing has an increasing need for engineers. Educational facilities like the Stansted Aerozone play an important role in inspiring young people at an early stage to study STEM subjects and take an interest in aviation. Boeing is a proud supporter of the Aerozone and we will work together to ensure as many schools and students as possible benefit from its facilities.”
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said:
“I am confident that this new facility will be well-used by schools across Essex and further afield. How better to spark a child’s imagination than to develop their learning of STEM subjects related to the aviation industry, in a fantastic centre within sight of the Stansted runway. I know that Essex teachers, who always strive to add value to students’ learning at school, will find the Aerozone extremely beneficial.”
Also attending the event is David Williams, Area Director Business in the Community (BiTC), the award winning charity that supports responsible business.
“Business in the Community encourages all UK businesses to engage in education through high-quality school partnerships, supporting young people and promoting equality of opportunity. As a major employer in the region it’s great to see that Stansted Airport is making this investment to inspire young people and broaden their interest in STEM subjects,” said Mr Williams.
Take a look around our new Aerozone: https://youtu.be/pd4KjtTiaYg
Stansted Mountfitchet is preparing itself to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta including a medieval fair and a tapestry depicting the history of the village.
A re-enactment of the historic signing of the Magna Cara will take place on June 15 at Stansted's Mountfitchet Castle carried out by students from the Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport.
Other celebrations include:
Embroidery unveiling supported by an exhibition of our Facsimile Magna Carta. The embroidery is our centrepiece, framed and displayed over three panels
800 miles in 800 years The Magna Carta bike ride
Medieval Fayre at Stansted Hall with displays of:
- Jousting in full costume
- Morris Dancers preceded by a pageant on horses
- Hog roast
- Themed crafts and displays from local schools
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Thursday 18th June 2015 will welcome back Check-in @ Stansted, a business, travel and careers event brought to you by the Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce and The Sowerby Group Limited.
The journey will begin at 10 am at the Diamond Hangar, London Stansted within the hangar itself, surrounded by executive jets flown in from around the world. With the capacity for 62 companies to exhibit plus sponsors, this is a superb opportunity to jump onboard, promote your brand, seize new business opportunities, network with people, meet potential employees and much more!
There are two Exhibitor Packages available, for more information visit the website www.check-in-stansted.com, or contact Julie Budden. Companies also have the opportunity to advertise within the show guide and again full details can be found online.
Latest exhibitors signed up include Hills Toyota (for the 2nd year running), The British Sausage Company, Harrods Aviation (also returning for the 2nd year), uComply, Eye Airports, Aerofloor and Harlow Enterprise Zone to name but a few.
Kim-Marie Freeston from uComply is one of the latest signs ups. She said "In today's world, illegal immigration and identity fraud is rife. And for businesses, it's easy to make costly mistakes. At uComply, we're here to help protect businesses from costly fines and when we heard of the Check-in @ Stansted event, it just seemed right for our business. We cannot wait to exhibit and look forward to showing companies just how we can reduce immigration risk within the workplace. Come and visit us on the day".
The Dream Factory will also begin their journey with us at Check-in @ Stansted this year as the nominated charity.
Photograph by Herts & Essex Observer
Founded by Avril Mills who lost her son Oliver to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 1999, at the age of 9, The Dream Factory grants dreams for children and young people aged 3 – 25 years with life threatening and life limiting conditions, or those with severe disabilities.
Since the charity started in 2008, it has granted over 300 dreams. This could be anything from an iPad, laptop, TV, garden and room makeovers, helicopter rides, meet and greet famous people and family holidays of a lifetime.
Run mainly by volunteers, money raised mainly goes towards helping make dreams come true. Currently The Dream Factory has a waiting list of 70 dreams and the organisers are hoping to help raise as much money as possible to make these dreams come true.
Nicola Wisbey, Director of Marketing for The Sowerby Group Limited said
“Check-in @ Stansted is committed to corporate social responsibility. Last year we supported the Essex Air Ambulance and this year, we wanted to support a charity where travel could help make a difference. Finding The Dream Factory, a charity that is extremely appreciative of any extra support – we just felt that it was right. We’ll be running a blind auction to help raise vital funds and hopefully make more dreams come true for those on the waiting list.
The event is FREE to attend, just register online at www.check-in-stansted.com
There will be plenty of FREE parking and transportation links to get you there and also some entertaining surprises on the day as well as the opportunity to see what really goes on inside a Hangar at London Stansted Airport.
Over 280,000 set to travel through across Easter weekend
New for summer:
Long-haul: Orlando, Las Vegas, Cancun
UK regional: Isle of man, Newcastle and Newquay
European / North Africa: Deauville, Azores, Clermont and Monastir
Stansted Airport’s departure boards have a spring in their step as the airport prepares to welcome ten new routes onto the growing route network this summer. The weekend saw the start of the summer timetables as the airport now gears up for the busy getaway with over 280,000 passengers forecast to travel through over Easter.
New routes set for take-off in the coming weeks include Flybe to Newcastle and Ryanair to Deauville and the Azores. May will see the start of Flybe’s new daily service to Newquay whilst easyJet will launch a new connection to Monastir in June and in July, Thomas Cook Airlines will operate new long-haul services to Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas.
Stansted already serves over 170 direct connections and offers more scheduled European destinations than any other UK airport. As well as an extensive route network, the airport also offers up to four flights a day to key destinations such as Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow, providing passengers with greater choice and increased connectivity.
Looking ahead to the route development at Stansted this summer, the airport’s Managing Director Andrew Harrison said:
“Stansted is already the fastest growing major airport in the UK serving over 20million passengers a year and with the new routes set to join the departure boards, is set for a very busy and exciting summer.
“Providing our passengers with the widest choice of destinations and airlines is at the heart of our ambition to continue the growth of Stansted. Whilst we have much of Europe covered in terms of connectivity, it’s really exciting to be expanding our network even further and to open new UK connections to better serve our regions and to also welcome our new long-haul connections to the USA and Mexico.
“The £80m transformation of our departure lounge couldn’t have been timed better as we continue to rapidly grow our passenger numbers. With phase two of the terminal re-development nearing completion, and with many more new shops and our Escape Lounge to follow very soon this really is a fantastic time to choose Stansted when jetting off for summer.”
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