STEM engagement

ADS runs a number of STEM and careers activities to offer young people practical insight into how STEM subjects are used in industry. Initiatives also aim to demonstrate the range of career opportunities available and offer support to those who have just started working in our sectors.

Farnborough International Airshow – Pioneers of Tomorrow

The biennial Farnborough International Airshow is the perfect backdrop to motivate young people to study STEM subjects and discover the many different career opportunities available in the dynamic sectors of aerospace, defence and space.

ADS works with a range of partners, sponsors and industry, and our colleagues at Farnborough International, to deliver an interactive, informative and engaging programme for approx. 6500 young people on the final day at the airshow.

This enables the next generation to see first-hand the variety, innovation and expertise that makes a career in these key sectors so rewarding. Activities include:

  • Investigating science and engineering behind applications and designs
  • Gaining insight and guidance from professional careers advisors and universities
  • Experiencing flight simulators
  • Networking with industry ambassadors and employers

Groups from schools, universities, Air Cadets, Scouts and youth associations (aged between 11-21) who are registered by a teacher or group leader, get to participate for FREE. The day is also open to the general public.


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UK Youth Rocketry Challenge

ADS is the proud organiser of the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge and has been running the event annually since 2006.

The challenge is aimed at students aged 11–18 from secondary schools, colleges and/or higher education to design, build and launch a model rocket with two fragile payloads (usually raw eggs).

This is a great way to engage the next generation of engineers with practical experience of building and executing complex missions.

Regional heats are held in April with a National Final held in May. The National Final winner then competes with winners from France, USA and Japan competitions to win the coveted International Final.

In 2022 the International Final took place at Farnborough International Airshow. In 2023, the event will be held at Paris Airshow.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for organisations along with the opportunity to participate in the competition. Pre-register for 2023 now.

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Careers in Aerospace Website

Careers in Aerospace is the exciting, not-for-profit careers initiative run in partnership with The Royal Aeronautical Society. The website aims to provide impartial information, advice and guidance (IAG) on aerospace, aviation and defence career pathways and entry routes. It also contains valuable resources for job seekers including CV and skills advice, company listings for job searches as well as information about competitions, scholarships, vacancy news and relevant events.

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The New Professionals Hub (NPH) is a landing point for industry professionals new to the aerospace, defence, security & space sectors. The NPH aims to help new professionals navigate the broad landscape of support networks and initiatives available to them. The goal is to create a supportive and helpful community through generating connections between people, groups, information and experiences in our sectors.

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