The Barnes Wallis Foundation aims to inspire, inform and advance education for the public benefit in the areas of aeronautical and engineering design, drawing upon and in memory of, the life and work of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis.
Over the last few years, the Barnes Wallis Foundation has been committed to inspiring the next generation of students to become active and committed advocates for science, engineering and innovative thinking. As part of this commitment, the Barnes Wallis Foundation and its predecessor has established a number of awards and pledged support for research and teaching in engineering design and related disciplines at school, universities and other academic institutions.
The Barnes Wallis Awards Scheme
The Trustees of the Barnes Wallis Foundation are keen to encourage secondary school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths to achieve appropriate qualifications and to further develop their interest in engineering and design as a career.
The Barnes Wallis Awards Scheme exists to stimulate, elevate and celebrate the freshest creative thinking in these areas in schools and academic institutions across the UK. From each institution, the Trustees are looking for an innovative and committed person with extraordinary dedication, innovation, understanding or skill; a student who embodies the qualities shown by Barnes Wallis throughout his life. The Barnes Wallis Award aims to recognise the student’s hard work, passion and achievement.
Currently, Howden School and Technology College and Beverley Grammar School both participate in the Barnes Wallis Awards Scheme. The Barnes Wallis Foundation are looking to expand the scheme and work with a number of different schools and academies in the near future.
If your school, academy or college would like to participate in the Barnes Wallis Awards Scheme, please contact us for more information.
The Barnes Wallis Space Camp Scholarship
The Barnes Wallis Academy is a coeducational secondary school situated within the rural communities of Tattershall and Coningsby in Lincolnshire, England. Previously a foundation school administered by local authority, Gartree Community School had provided education for pupils and adults in the surrounding towns and villages since 1954, before converting to academy status in September 2014 and renaming itself to the Barnes Wallis Academy. The academy has recently joined the David Ross Education Trust, securing its long term future and fulfilling its aim to offer educational excellence for the community.
Starting in 2016, and running for a minimum of 3 years, the Barnes Wallis Foundation will be funding a sponsored scholarship for a Barnes Wallis Academy student to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama USA. Space Camp is the premier provider of authentic, inspiring and entertaining educational experiences in space science and aviation, and is a fantastic opportunity for students who want to explore the wonders of space and to expand their interest of science, technology, engineering and maths. The specially selected student will participate in activities such as building and launching rockets, experiencing astronaut-training simulators and simulating space shuttle missions.
The Spirit of Goole Aircraft Project
The Spirit of Goole is a unique charity whose aims are to provide Engineering projects to young people in and around Goole, Yorkshire. The charity provide a plane building scheme in partnership with the local school, Goole Academy, where students and volunteers have been working on a fully functional Sherwood Ranger aircraft for the past 18 months. When the aircraft is finished it will remain in Goole to offer local young people the opportunity to learn to fly, and support the STEM outreach by the Charity to local schools and youth organisations. The project is supported by the Light Aircraft Association Educational Trust and from companies and individuals across the country and overseas.
The Spirit of Goole Aircraft Project embodies the Barnes Wallis Foundation’s aim to inspire, inform, and advance education by encouraging young people to explore the skills involved in aeronautical engineering and design. Impressed with the project and the hard work and dedication the young people have shown, the Barnes Wallis Foundation decided to show its support and contribute by purchasing the Propeller, spinner and navigation lights for its final stages of construction.
For more information, visit the Spirit of Goole website.