Pupils from Roskear School, Camborne recently got the chance to try out life onboard Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose as part of National Science and Engineering week.

The year 5 and 6 pupils from the school (aged nine to 11) took part in a visit to the base, whilst Navy aircrew and engineers visited the School to talk firsthand about engineering and life in the Royal Navy.

The group from Roskear was given a guided tour of the facilities, including the fire station, guard section, gymnasium and Engineering Training School (ETS). As part of the tour, the pupils were given a unique insight into the way engineering is taught and conducted at the air station. As well as learning about aircraft maintenance, the pupils were also taught about the science of keeping a healthy body by the physical training instructors, known affectionately in the service as ‘club-swingers’).

Chief Petty Officer Jon Walsh of the Engineering Training School at Culdrose said: “It was great to be able to help the school out with National Science and Engineering Week. The pupils certainly seemed to enjoy themselves and hopefully got an insight into the wide range of science and engineering based activities that we do at Culdrose.”

At the school, the Royal Navy team gave presentations on science and engineering using interactive engineering displays to allow the pupils to get ‘hands on’ and see for themselves how various items and systems work. The pupils also took part in teambuilding exercises and got to dress up in aircrew survival gear.

Year five pupil Tai Williams said: “It was fascinating to see all the engines and inside a helicopter.”

Classmate Jayden Taylor added: “The trip helped me to decide what to do in the future, such as being an engineer or a pilot.”

Assistant headteacher at Roskear, Keiran Walsh rounded up by saying: “The team that came out to visit us here at Roskear were amazing, delivering a fun and engaging session, that the children loved.”