BE2 in flight

School Trips and STEM skills development

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is such an important part of the school curriculum now and we support this through our school visits, challenges, workshops and clubs.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is supported by STEM ambassadors from local companies such as Ford Motor Company, Selex and Raytheon with full engagement from our skilled volunteer force, many of who have wide engineering backgrounds.

We host STEM events such as:

  • Regional & National Rocket Challenge, supported by the Royal Aeronautical Society

  • Raytheon's Regional & National Quadcopter Challenge

We also support Boeing’s Schools Build a Plane Challenge. For more information visit the Boeing website.

Project Lanoe

As part of the centenary commemorations to be held this year at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome visitors can take part in their own WW1 flight – from the safety of a new flight simulator being built by Construction, Engineering and Digital Media students students at Colchester Institute.

A grant of almost £10,000 has been awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund to the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust (WAHT) for ‘Project Lanoe’. Colchester Institute's Construction, Engineering and Digital Media students are designing and building the ‘Rocking Nacelle’ simulator and integrating the electronics. Once complete it will be on display at the aerodrome. 

Read our news story to discover more about Project Lanoe. 

School visits

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome welcomes visits from schools, which can help to bring the World War One curriculum to life and can provide valuable input for school history projects.

  • Students can visit the site to learn about the history of the aerodrome, through educational talks, film screenings, a visit to the museum, and a tour of the largest known surviving group of Royal Flying Corps buildings on a WW1 aerodrome anywhere in England.

  • The aerodrome is also a stunning habitat for wildlife, and children can learn about this through Stow Maries’ Greenwatch Clubs, a favourite of our younger visitors.

  • School visits can last up to half a day and catering can be provided as a packed lunch or sit down meal in the Mess Hall.

If you are interested in booking a school visit to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, contact 01245 429134 or to discuss your requirements.