Stansted Airport's Aerozone celebrates 10,000th visitor
Stansted Airport's flagship education centre, the Aerozone, has welcomed its 10,000th visitor.
The occasion at the £500,000 purpose-built learning hub was marked with a special party for local schoolchildren.
The facility focuses on STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths - to tell the story of the airport’s rich history and show visitors the range of careers that are available in aviation.
The centre reached the milestone with the visit of 45 four and five-year-olds from R A Butler Primary School in Saffron Walden. During their visit, they heard from airport firefighters and airfield operational staff about their jobs at the airport, as well as being treated to face painting, a balloon entertainer and celebratory cupcakes.
The Aerozone hosts children and young people from schools and colleges in the region around the airport, who come to hear from airport staff and on-site business partners, from airside rangers and cabin crew to pilots and police officers. All speakers give up their time voluntarily to speak to visitors about their role at Stansted Airport and how to aim for a career in a variety of aviation-related job roles.
Marcella M’Rabety, Stansted’s corporate social responsibility manager, said: “We’re delighted to reach this impressive milestone of 10,000 young people benefitting from the Aerozone. The centre exists to inspire young people to consider the varied careers within aviation, focusing on the vital STEM subjects that generate real prospects for young people and open their eyes to the fantastic opportunities available on their doorstep.
“We have a packed schedule of schools – mainly from within 20 miles of the airport – booked in to visit the Aerozone, demonstrating the appetite for local children to find out more about London Stansted and also build their aspirations for careers in everything from engineering to hospitality.
“Supporting education and helping to inspire the next generation is a key aim for the airport, one which will continue with the eagerly awaited opening of Stansted Airport College in September. I hope we’ll be welcoming some of our previous Aerozone visitors to the next stage of their education at the college in the near future!”