Army Helicopter Visits Highfield and Brookham Schools for Inauguration of New Science Society

Army Helicopter Visits Highfield and Brookham Schools for Inauguration of New Science Society
Highfield & Brookham Academic

In celebration of Armed Forces Day and the inauguration of a new Science Society, children at Highfield and Brookham Schools were treated to a visit from an Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter.

Andrew Baker, Head of Science, has recently set up a brand-new Science Society called the Darwin Club to promote science and engineering amongst pupils.

For the inaugural meeting, Major Stuart Myers, the father of one of the students, visited the school to give an informative talk to selected pupils, who have shown real interest and enthusiasm for science, aviation and engineering, about the principles of flight and aerodynamics.

To illustrate his talk, Major Myers arranged for an Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter from the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, to be on display. The children had great fun sitting inside it and operating the flight controls and were fascinated as he explained how they affected the flight of the helicopter. It was then the turn of the rest of the school to get the chance to clamber all around the Gazelle and quiz Major Myers and his team on everything to do with helicopters. 

The Gazelle, the observation and reconnaissance helicopter which they brought along, retired from service over 11 years ago after a full flying career in the Army, including deployment overseas in places such as Northern Ireland, Canada and Iraq.

Headmaster of Highfield School, Phillip Evitt, says

“Our thanks go to Major Myers and his colleagues who have no doubt inspired the budding aeronautical engineers and pilots of the future! It was a lovely way for the children to experience some 'hands-on science', and with more visiting speakers lined up to speak at Darwin Club meetings over the course of the next academic year, and an exciting new STEM Challenge Day planned for Science Week next March, Highfield and Brookham pupils are certainly set for a fun and educational time!”

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