Aiming for Awesome celebrates the centenary of the RAF and explores the engineering achievements of the RAF over the last 100 years.

There are 10 resources, each covering a different decade of RAF history. Each resource allows key stage 2 and 3 pupils to explore, through hands on activities, the applications of the knowledge they learn in science, design and technology, mathematics and computing.

 

1918-1928: Aircraft design

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the STEM behind aircraft design. Students will explore the forces acting on an aircraft during flight and use the iterative design process to design and improve the perfect paper aircraft. 

Aircraft design teacher guide (11.00 MB)

Aircraft design student guide (8.69 MB)

 

1928-1938: Radar

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the impact of STEM on radar technology. Students explore the how to build structures, then design and build their own radar tower. 

Radar teacher guide (11.74 MB)

Radar student guide (8.37 MB)

Radar support sheet one (437.40 KB)

Radar support sheet two (440.89 KB)

Radar support sheet three (765.04 KB)

Radar support sheet four (1.94 MB)

 

1938-1948: Speed record

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the STEM behind travelling at speed. Students will explore the maths and science of calculating speed before investigating vortices created by wing tips.

Speed record teacher guide (11.50 MB)

Speed record student guide (11.46 MB)

 

1948-1958: Ejection seat

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the STEM involved in designing ejection seats. Students will explore the impact of ejecting from an aircraft on the human body and design an ejection seat for a bottle rocket. 

Ejection seat teacher guide (11.60 MB)

Ejection seat student guide (9.51 MB)

 

1958-1968: Code breaking

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the impact of STEM on code breaking and security using the Cold War and espionage as a hook. Students make their own code wheel based on the Caesar cipher and explore the maths behind codebreaking. 

Code breaking teacher guide (12.46 MB)

Code breaking student guide (9.14 MB)

Code breaking support sheet one (444.28 KB)

 

1968-1978: Satellite age

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the STEM behind satellite communications. Students will take part in an interactive demonstration of a satellite network and use scientific investigation to learn how the law of reflection is used in a satellite receiver. 

Satellite age teacher guide (11.89 MB)

Satellite age student guide (11.37 MB)

 

1978-1988: Disaster relief

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the RAF use STEM skills when delivering humanitarian aid. Students will design and make a lander for aid delivered by aircraft. 

Disaster relief teacher guide (11.49 MB)

Disaster relief student guide (9.20 MB)

Disaster relief support sheet one (438.17 KB)

 

1988-1998: Logistics challenge

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate how the RAF use STEM skills when planning a mission. Students will use maths to work out how to pack an aircraft effectively.  

Logistics challenge teacher guide (12.80 MB)

Logistics challenge student guide (14.04 MB)

Logistics challenge support sheet one (439.38 KB)

Logistics challenge support sheet two (435.00 KB)

 

1998-2008: Remotely piloted air systems

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the use of STEM when controlling Remotely Piloted Air Systems. Students will use computing and maths skills to create a flight plan for RPAS.

Remotely piloted air systems teacher guide (13.24 MB)

Remotely piloted air systems student guide (13.27 MB)

Remotely piloted air systems support sheet one (427.10 KB)

Remotely piloted air systems support sheet two (432.01 KB)

Remotely piloted air systems support sheet three (449.03 KB)

 

2008-2018: Stealth

The aim of this resource is to give students the opportunity to investigate the impact of STEM on the development of stealth vehicles. 

Stealth teacher guide (14.69 MB)

Stealth student guide (12.48 MB)

Stealth support sheet one (448.41 KB)