Education centre at Stansted Airport thriving since last summer’s opening
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Stansted Airport’s education centre, Aerozone Stansted, has beaten its predicted first year visitor numbers in just six months.
The £500,000 aviation-themed learning hub, which works with young people to boost skills in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects and showcase airport careers, has seen nearly 1,600 children pass through its doors since opening on June 10, 2015.
Students from as far away as the Netherlands have been among 50 schools and colleges to have experienced the range of interactive activities, informative videos and resource packs as well meeting staff from across the airport.
Joanne Davies, Stansted Airport’s education coordinator, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these numbers. We are way ahead of the targets we set ourselves but more importantly the Aerozone has really struck a chord with the children and teachers who have visited us.
“I believe its success is down to its uniqueness, there’s nothing else like it in the area. I’m also delighted at how the airport community has really embraced the Aerozone.
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“Many colleagues, including security officers, fire-fighters, operations staff, pilots and police officers have given up their time and volunteered at the centre.”
The project has been praised by Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill MP as well as local government representatives.
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The centre, which is based at the heart of the airport, welcomes schools and colleges with pupils aged 4-18+ and is free to use.