CHILDREN from Ayrshire are being given a half day out at Prestwick Airport, in partnership with the Scottish Airshow.
Pupils from six Ayrshire schools will visit the airport on Thursday March 12 as part of the Ayrshire Science & Engineering Festival.
The activities in the Terminal Building will be aimed at Primary 7 pupils, and 166 are expected to attend.
Children will learn the principles of flight, making model gliders in workshops.
They will also meet with experts from aerospace and aviation companies including NATS, Spirit Aerospace, UTC Aerospace, GE Aviation, Swift Technology Group, Ayrshire College and the RAF.
The tour of the airport will take them to the welcome desk, the railway station, check-in, central search and domestic arrivals, ending with a talk by Prestwick security and the police.
Iain Cochran, Prestwick airport’s chief Executive, said: “ We’re looking forward to helping the children get excited by the magic and meaning of science and engineering at their local airport.”
Dr Geoff Coxon, founder of theSKYLAB charity and the education organiser for the Scottish Airshow, said: “The aerospace industry at Prestwick is vital for the Ayrshire and Scottish economy and its future depends entirely on today’s school children becoming the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.
“We wanted to create a Scottish Airshow legacy that would continue to inspire and guide young people towards careers in the aerospace industry.”