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 at a Bloemfontein Hangar near you on Friday, 28th July 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. On this day the teams will get a chance to engage with members of the EAA Young Eagles pilots, learning about their individual aircrafts, flying on their aircrafts and gaining some control of the flight. The rest of the day will be spent with other key aviation career representatives.
From this group, two learners stand a chance of being part of ‘The Link’. The next 52 (13 teams) stand a chance to take part in the SABRE Lunch & Learn Technology Workshop where a wild card may be selected to become a member 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.
For forms and other queries please send an email to TheLink@flyairlink.com or search on www.flyairlink.com. Application forms will also available from 26 April 2017 at the Airlink Concierge, Wonderboom National Airport, Lintveld Road, Wonderboom, Pretoria. Since space in the challenge is limited, please ensure your school is represented.
Details of a briefing workshop will be circulated to schools that have shown interest.
The Link STEM Innovation Challenge hosted by Airlink is for tenth grade scholars who perform excellently in pure mathematics & physical science. Teams made up of 4 grade 10 scholars are tasked to design and build an innovative solution model for problem in their community using processes learnt in their STEM classrooms. The challenge will be hosted at a Bloemfontein Hangar near you on 28th July 2017.
How can we use STEM to provide solutions for our daily trials?
We want you to identify a problem in your community. It can be related to energy, waste, transportation, vegetation, health, energy, communication, education, sanitation etc. Now imagine a creative idea on how to solve this problem and design the solution using Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics. Explain why it's important that this problem be solved. Models submitted should address the design challenge and be accompanied by a presentation on the design.
There is a national crisis in education, such that Airlink struggles with hiring and retaining employees with scarce and critical skills, this situation is exacerbated by the considerable barriers to learning such as a lack of facilities and resource. Airlink believes that if scholars are exposed to aviation careers at a young age an interest which will lead to knowledge searching will develop, regardless of circumstances.
Interested schools should send queries to TheLink@flyairlink.com
It is recommended that each high school team has a teacher or staff member as the school coordinator for contact between The Link, district & participating team. They may also provide guidance to the team, manage timelines and expectations. The coordinators will be responsible for making sure their team is eligible to enter, meets the deadlines, understand the design challenge and brief and that a project’s scope is manageable under the given timeframe.
Food security Constructing, a rocket, Apps for transportation, Water purification, Architecture, Windmill for energy production, Energy preservation etc.
Please choose one of the following reporting mechanisms describing your solution, how it answers the brief/meets the challenge, user experience with your design, what you learnt through the design experience and what your inspiration was
Closing Day: 27 June 2017
Report on Model: 27 June 2017
Event Day: 28 July 2017
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