Innovate Educate has worked with Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire since 2011. The initial project brief was to create individual education programmes for nine venues that would combine to create an overarching narrative and resource for the Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire project.
All of the venues taking part were very different and included:
The target audience was teachers and young people at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, and youth groups. We created an online education resource that has been hugely successful. To visit the site, please follow the link: http://www.ahleducation.org.uk/
We continue to work with Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire. Perhaps the most spectacular resource we have produced for them is an immersive experience for children at Key Stage 2. The children can put themselves in the position (literally) of crew members in a Lancaster Bomber, created through Computer Generated Imagery. Young people plan a mission and then get to experience what it was like to be the pilot, wireless operator, bomber aimer and rear gunner. This immersive experience is available for schools to visit.
More recently we have worked with RAF Digby to recreate the work of the Sector Operations Room in the Second World War on a multi-touch SMART table to plot and execute a mission. These activities have been created for young people at Key Stage 2.
Since my first dealings with Karen Merrifield and her staff at interview, following a successful vaulted selection process for a prestigious and valuable tender contract on behalf of a Heritage Lottery funded project, I have come to firmly respect her professional approach to all aspects of her given task.
During the early days of the project, which involved creating a unique Teachers’ Pack based around the topic of aviation and used to demonstrate all Key Stages of the curriculum subjects up to GCSE, she and her team were committed to ensuring that all related research into the project was carried out both on time and to the high standards demanded of the customer.
Her company’s work was independently assessed by a Director of Education at a national museum who stated that the finished article was in her words “one of the most comprehensive I have seen”. “Take Flight” has since been favourably reported on in regional and national newspapers and periodicals.
I have absolutely no difficulty at all in fully recommending IE Ltd as a potential future contractor of such related projects and would be more than content to utilise their expertise again if required.
David Harrigan MBE
Outreach & Learning Officer
Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire