On Saturday 9th February, my Mum & I attended the Virgin Atlantic – Future Flyers & Expert Engineers Event at their office called ‘The Base’ in Crawley.

I wanted to go because I am interested in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), and I wanted to learn what it takes to be a engineer.

When we arrived, we went to a talk called ‘Expert Engineers’ and we listened to some Apprentices and Development Engineers who work for Virgin.  I learned that some of the skills that I use today, such as playing with Lego and making paper aeroplanes, could help me to become an engineer in the future.

The Apprentices said that to help me I need to focus on being creative, be able to listen and follow instructions, be a team player, enjoy learning and be good at problem solving.

We also looked around some of the stalls that were there, and I had a go on a simulator and almost landed a plane, unfortunately I crashed it outside someone’s house!  I also looked at planes using a VR headset and I had a go at building a very small jet engine.

The most fun thing that we did though was to go on a Rig Tour where we took part in a pretend emergency crash landing where we had to evacuate the plane sensibly.  We then went on the emergency raft and some parents even went down the emergency slide.

Written by L. May – Year 4