Newton Flight Academy coming to Glasgow Science Centre

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Posted on October 6th 2021

Glasgow Science Centre will become home to a Newton Flight Academy, a permanent classroom used to teach students aviation-related STEM concepts.

It will include three full-motion flight simulators.

The Newton Flight Academy has been developed in partnership with First Scandinavia with support from the Boeing Company.

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon tried out one of the simulators today at Glasgow Airport, following the launch of the Newton Flight Academy in Glasgow.

Photo: The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon tried out one of the simulators today at Glasgow Airport, following the launch of the Newton Flight Academy in Glasgow.


The programme will inspire the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to develop the ideas and technologies that will shape the future of a greener, more sustainable aerospace industry.

The state-of-the-art space will be used to deliver immersive, experiential learning programmes that will enable S3 and S4 pupils to engage in real-world challenges by working together with industry professionals.

The experience will include flying in state-of-the-art flight simulators.

The programmes will cover themes including space, biofuels, and advanced materials and manufacturing. These will be delivered in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, with links to its engineering programmes and involvement from its staff and students.

The partnership between the Glasgow Science Centre, First Scandanavia, Boeing and the University of Strathclyde will help to build Scotland’s innovation pipeline.

The Newton Flight Academy will launch at Glasgow Science Centre in Spring 2021.

CEO, Stephen Breslin tries out a flight simulator experience at the launch of the Glasgow Newton Flight academy

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.”

Stian Elstad, managing director, FIRST Scandinavia, said: “We are thrilled to launch the first Newton Flight Academy in the UK at Glasgow Science Centre. The Newton Flight Academy will be a great asset for hands-on education in the region, and an attraction for visitors at Glasgow Science Centre.

“The team at Glasgow Science Centre with their experience, professionalism and their position as one of the world’s leading science centres, is certainly a solid partner for us going forward.

“The reason we engineered the Newton Concept in the first place was to provide young people with high-quality, hands-on education programmes, and when enhanced with full-motion flight simulators, I think we will see sparkles in the eyes of many of the students and visitors.”

Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing in the UK & Ireland, said: “The Glasgow Science Centre is a world-leading educational resource for Scotland.

“Boeing are delighted to bring our Newton Flight Academy with the three flight simulators to the Glasgow Science Centre to inspire the next generation of aerospace students and help bring about a more sustainable future for both aviation and Scotland.”

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde 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.

“We are delighted to be building on our long-lasting relationships with Boeing and Glasgow Science Centre to spark the imaginations of the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. 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.”

Newton Flight Academy will launch in spring 2022 at Glasgow Science Centre. Schools or teachers who want to take part should sign up to GSC’s education newsletter ('Stay Updated' button in page footer) to stay in touch for further details of the launch of the programme.

Glasgow Science Centre hopes to expand the programme by finding more funding from the aviation industry or other commercial partners.

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