A new flight classroom is set to take off at Glasgow Science Centre featuring three full-motion flight simulators. 

The Newton Flight Academy will launch in spring 2022, and will feature simulators and other learning programmes to inspire children to pursue careers in science and engineering. 

The class will teach S3 and S4 pupils about space and aviation, and develop ideas for a more environmentally friendly aerospace future.

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Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre, said: “We are bringing the aviation industry, teachers and pupils together through the Newton Flight Academy. 

“We will use the excitement that the simulators and aviation-related themes bring to help pupils develop problem solving and innovative thinking skills. 

“Aviation is going to change so much as the industry seeks alternative, greener fuels. Scotland needs a pipeline of talented, skilled youngsters who can innovate and help engineer the solution - and the Newton Flight Academy is where they’ll be inspired.” 

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The launch is in partnership with First Scandinavia, Boeing and Strathclyde University, who will be using their engineering programmes and involving staff and students for the class. 

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, the university's Principal and Vice-Chancellor said: “In our rapidly-changing world, we need engineers and scientists to design, build and operate the sustainable technologies and infrastructure of the future - from faster, more fuel-efficient aircraft to cleaner, greener energy production.

“By giving young people access to leading-edge technology, we hope to inspire them and introduce them to education opportunities and careers that will help them shape the world around them.” 

Schools and teachers who wish to take part in the class can keep updated by signing up to Glasgow Science Centre's education newsletter on their website HERE and clicking 'Stay Updated'.