Airlink has added an additional fragment to the career day for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) high flyers in Grade 10. This portion of the career day will be known as ‘The Link’ innovation challenge day and will take place at a Kimberly Hangar near you on Friday, 13th October 2017 from 8:00 until 16:30.
‘The Link’ is an excellent opportunity for your Grade 10 learners to apply lessons from the classroom to a real world situation. From 2017 onwards, the program has been revived to ensure that the right candidate is selected to join ‘The Link’ while at the same time ensuring a larger, lasting impact and memorable experience for all participants. This will be achieved through positioning aviation at the forefront of the participants minds by using STEM related solutions and subject matter.
This challenge targets our future aviation workforce in the engineering, ground management, cargo, pilot or maintenance fields, it also gives learners the opportunity to explore general aviation in a fun and energetic manner.
Participation in the program is open to all public high schools. Teams made up of FOUR (4) grade 10 learners (no more, no less) will have to design and build an innovative solution to a problem in their community using processes learnt in their STEM classrooms. This solution will be presented at the activation on 9th June; however, they will be required to submit a report on the solution and an entry form at least 4 weeks prior to the event. The learners will be required to present their design to industry experts for judging on activation day. Through this process learners are exposed to innovation, creation, design and an engineering process while developing teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
Learners will be assessed throughout the day and judges will comprise of people within the aviation industry. Assessment will be based on the submission of the STEM solution, which will count to 50% of the overall scoring process and there will be ‘Amazing Race/Obstacle Course’ style challenges (drone flying, AppCar creation, flight simulator, virtual reality etc.) making up the remaining 50% of the weighting.
Judges will select the winning teams based on these scores and other factors.
We ask that you share this opportunity with your learners by announcing this contest in class. The best way to participate, although not required, would be to include the contest as an assignment in your class or as extra credit, so that you can select the best team to represent your school.
As an incentive, the first seven teams (28 learners) to reach the highest score during the innovation challenge day will be selected to participate in the EAA Young Eagles & ‘THE LINK’ career day. From this group, two learners stand a chance of being part of ‘The Link’. ‘The Link’ enrols only 10 participants per year, they are mentored by Airlink while they complete their high school career, meet at an annual aviation camp in cape town and stand a chance of being awarded a bursary towards their tertiary education upon completion of high school.
If the team/one member of the team does not meet any of the above, or cannot prove any of the above, the entire team will be disqualified.
Please use the google form or download the PDF forms
For queries please send an email to TMigogo@flyairlink.com
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• Ekukhanyeni Special School - Pietermaritzburg
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• Mponegele Primary School - Polokwane
• Ngwayibanjwe Secondary School - Mthatha
• Skukuza Primary School - Mpumalanga