Boeing and Newton Europe launch Mobile Newton Flight Academy at Delft University of Technology
Daan is a student at the Anne Frank School in Leiden, the Netherlands, with years to go before he’s old enough to drive a car. But that didn’t stop him from boldly taking the controls of an airplane during a cutting-edge STEM session at Delft University of Technology last week. His “flight” came in the form of a mock rescue inside a simulator following a day of learning that included the basics of flying, aerodynamics, navigation and meteorology.
“That was really cool,” said Daan, with a broad grin after a successful flight and landing on the simulator. “I can’t believe I was able to actually navigate a flight and feel what it’s like to fly an airplane. I hope I can do it again someday!”
Daan is one of about 50 students from several schools from the Netherlands invited to help launch the Newton Mobile Flight Academy, a partnership between Boeing, Newton Europe and Delft University of Technology. It is an innovative concept involving a carefully crafted Academy to inspire students and their teachers to pursue and better instruct courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Mobile Newton Flight Academy was officially opened by Tineke Bakker-van der Veen, Managing Director of Boeing Benelux & Nordics at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering TU Delft.
“I think I had as much fun watching them learn and experience sitting at the controls of an airplane as they had doing it,” said Bakker-van der Veen. “I am so proud that Boeing is helping to inspire the next generation of STEM innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in such a unique and innovative way, and preparing them for success in the 21st century.”
The Mobile Newton Flight Academy at Delft University of Technology is modeled after a pilot project Boeing introduced in Norway in 2016. That academy has now provided instruction and inspiration to more than 10,000 students, teachers and visitors in Norway.
The Mobile Flight Academy project consisted of four one-day workshops for primary and secondary school students between the ages of 10 and 14. The Netherlands is the first country to host the Mobile concept, which will eventually touch down at many locations throughout Europe, with curriculum geared primarily towards teenagers.