The Airbus Foundation, together with its
partners The Little Engineer, the Civil Aviation Authority of
Singapore and the Singapore Space and Technology Association,
conducted two workshops of the Airbus Little Engineer programme in
Singapore last week.
The goal of the initiative by the Airbus
Foundation is to encourage students to understand and embrace
technology and ignite a passion that could grow into an exciting
career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and
The first workshop, which was organised with the
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, took place between 24 - 25
August at the Aviation Open House at Suntec City.
workshop introduced students to the process of assembling an A380,
from the resources to the logistics, until the manpower needed to
The 60 students were tasked to assemble an A380 model,
program it with their own algorithm so it is able to manoeuvre on
the tarmac, ready for take-off.
The students were joined by Mr NG
Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister
for Transport, who was impressed by the curiosity and motivation
of the young students.
The second workshop, which was coordinated with
the Singapore Space and Technology Association, took place on 25
August at the ACS Junior Primary School.
The 15 students carried
out a simulation of a launch mission to space. Over the course,
students assembled and launched a rocket, set up a base,
established communications, and explored Mars.
Since its launch in 2012, the Airbus Little
Engineer programme has successfully positioned itself as an
effective vehicle for discovery-based learning, working to
enlighten and empower youth in the areas of science and technology
through robotics and aerospace. As of now, the programme has
reached over 3,000 students.