by Hutchings D Laura on 15/08/2016 14:47We recently took part in the RAF Coningsby bi-annual family day, where ten thousand visitors were treated to impressive flying displays, including one of the first public displays of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster bomber this season. Visitors to the QinetiQ stand got to play with robotic grabbing arms, scratch programming and line-following Lego robots* manned by our three teams permanently based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
“This is the first time we’ve supported our customer’s family day and was a great opportunity to increase awareness of the work QinetiQ does among the station personnel,” says Cyber, Information & Training (CIT) Graduate, Henry Nelson. “Our STEM style stand aimed to inspire and entertain visitors of all ages and was a clear success, busy from start to finish.”
We have developed a strong team ethic with our customer over eight years at the site and, as a result, were privileged to be involved in this event and other centenary celebrations for 41(R) Test & Evaluation Squadron (TES), which provides all of the MODs test and evaluation for Typhoon and Tornado aircraft.
In the words of The Station Commander, Group Captain JJ Attridge OBE ADC MSc RAF: “It [family day] was without a doubt a huge success – 10,000 people and an international flying display – epic. Thank you for your enduring support to Coningsby and the Typhoon force.”
Our presence at RAF Coningsby is drawn from three areas of our business:
Image: Wing Commander Berry presents David Baker, Technical Director of Excellence with a limited edition squadron print in recognition of QinetiQ’s support of the 41(R) Test & Evaluation squadron’s centenary events.
*Line-following LEGO robots are essentially four-wheel vehicles made out of LEGO, with an electric source that powers a motor, a camera and a raspberry Π. This allows programming of the robot to follow different coloured and shaped lines. The idea is to give children an early understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and spark their interest in STEM subjects through playing with robots.
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