Following a very successful first series of Airbus Little Engineer workshops in Singapore with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Space and Technology Association in 2016 and 2017, 4 Airbus volunteers have been trained to deliver workshops in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2018, the programme was launched in the Philippines, with a first workshop held at the De La Salle University in Manila, introducing 15 students to the world of space exploration and enhancing their understanding of both the benefits and the applications of space technology.
Following its expansion in Africa and Asia, the Airbus Foundation Little Engineer programme started work in Bengaluru, India, as 60 students enjoyed a two-day ‘A380 assembly workshop’ on 15-16 November 2017. Airbus volunteers were trained to deliver the workshops and will work alongside teachers from the Christel House Learning Centre to guide students through an introduction to the process of assembling an A380.
The workshop includes exposure to the complexities of managing limited resources, planning logistics and finding the right skills to build an aircraft. After assembling their model students are then challenged to program it with their own algorithm to control taxiing across the tarmac and take-off.
The project aims at helping primary school students from underprivileged areas to realize their dreams. In some of those areas, parents have to leave their small town to earn a leaving for their familly, which means their children often have to stay with their relatives. Students who join the project have to set an objective for themselves and if they manage to achieve if, volunteers help them realy their "dream".
Airbus volunteers regularly visit the schools involved in the program to deliver their "Airbus class" : a session during which they explain their daily work to inspire students.
Beijing Guang Ai is a primary school located 20 minutes away from the Airbus Beijing Campus, where over 100 students live and study. The school doubles as a non-profit organisation that aims to help orphans, homeless children, as well as those whose families are extremely poor. Airbus Foundation volunteers have been supporting the school since 2016, while inspiring them to learn more about Science, Technology and Engineering topics. Every 2 years, the Foundation rewards the more engaged students and organise visits of aviation industry facilities.