Aer0camp '22 at Shuttleworth!

Aer0camp is 'Aer0school on wheels' for ages 11-14 

Join us for our inaugural event at Shuttleworth Trust Old Warden UK dates tbc where we shall be partnering with the Shuttleworth Collection to provide a unique blend of kinaesthetic and interactive learning for budding engineers and lovers of things with wings and wheels.


20 Places Only! Book here

Places are limited to 20 at our 2021 event as we explore this unique context with the ever present possibility of lockdowns. Our tour bus has two large awnings to maximise on appropriate distancing for this truly educational event. However we are subject to National Laws and guidance and the Museum's own policies.


Course Content

To full access of Shuttlesworth's rich collection of working historical machines we bring our state of the art CAD CAM facility and aspects of our Aer0school curriculum. For this event this will facilitate rapid making of model planes based on exhibits in the collection. Participants will be able to create multiple versions of their designs to iteratively test, refine and compete in various challenges. We shall be using computers, a Laser Cutter, manual cutting tools and cool melt glue guns with appropriate supervision. Participants will test their flying machines in the open air in a sheltered spot so please be prepared for the weather and bring a packed lunch!! We have a variety of lunchtime activities including flight simulators and our own STEM board games.


Educational Values

We are aware of the hazards of 'competition' in education to which some participants might be sensitive. The fear of  failure, frustrations with things that don't go right . . so we resist the temptation to establish hierarchies of performance in the developmental stages of a design. "Mistakes is good!!". However, where the aim is to compete incrementally we provide strategies that are as 'fair' as possible in the circumstances to isolate variables and test specific principles. Where participants wish to compete their concepts against one another we offer prizes in the form of our own bespoke trophies and tickets to future events at Shuttleworth. Teamwork is central to collaborative design and part of the course will provide opportunities for teamwork. In these cases participants do not always get to 'take home' their work particularly where it is constructed of our reusable kits. Power trains can be purchased from our website.

Next Steps

In addition to further events such as at Shuttleworth you may wish to consider joining our Aer0school Home Education provision which will be starting up at our own venue in Northamptonshire.

We plan that Aer0camp will be an annual event at Shuttleworth that builds on learning all year around as well as providing summer education. It is likely that the summer event will be a celebration of the on-going course in the locality.


For those who wish to use the event to achieve a CREST award, this event supports Bronze, (10 hours) for which all paperwork is supplied along with mentor and independent verifier. Whilst we cannot guarantee anyone a CREST award rest assured that the course fulfills the content in multiple ways and we can provide a few strategies for your consideration.



Opportunities will be provided time during the camp for filling in evidence documentation.

We are fully aware of the barriers to learning that 'paperwork' represents to some very technically able but dyslexic students. To this end our Aer0school course is designed for maximum hands-on, making with use of images and video for evidence learning. However, this will not be possible at the summer camp this year. If you wish to explore the CREST award in this way you will need to join Aero School where we can manage this data appropriately.

Unique opportunity

Despite the short notice, this event represents a unique opportunity in the context of a national treasure so don't miss out! Book NOW!