Science in Action camp 2017 – CCF (Army) apply now

Posted on August 02, 2017

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The Science in Action cadet camp is back after the pilot project's success last year, and it's returning bigger and better in 2017.

Applications are now open for CCF (Army) contingents, so be sure to apply and secure your place as soon as possible.

What you'll learn

Find out how drones are helping the Army’s battlefield surveillance and information gathering, and you’ll have the opportunity to hone your own drone flying skills.

Learn about the Army's high-tech aerial surveillance systems, thermal imaging sights, radars, guns, and precision rockets and discover how you could one day FIND and STRIKE the enemy. 

Find out first-hand how the Army uses its construction engineering skills to assist the infantry or Armoured Corps and to rebuild vital infrastructure post-conflict. 

Thanks to the success of last year's camp there are 160 places available (compared to 70 last year), and the deadline for applications is Friday 22 September 2017. Cadets are advised to bid for a place as soon as possible. 

The camp, run by the Royal Artillery with input from technical experts, civilian professionals and teachers, will combine theory with practical sessions and give cadets a real insight into how the Army uses STEM in its day-to-day work of defending the nation.

During the camp, cadets will be able to see the STEM theories that they have covered in school demonstrated in an exciting real world way by soldiers from six of the Army's most technical regiments. They include:

Royal Signals – demonstrating a range of state of the art military communications equipment and the latest cyber security initiatives.

Royal Artillery – discussing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for battlefield surveillance and information gathering, along with a practical session operating drones.

Royal Logistics Corps  – showing how the Army is sustained in the field, including munitions, fuels and an explosives demonstration.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) – showing how modern equipment is recovered and repaired.

Army Air Corps – discussing rotary wing (helicopter) flight.

Royal Engineers – providing insights into how military engineering can keep an army mobile, including the use of bridging equipment.

The details

Who can apply: ACF and CCF(Army) cadets in Years 9 and 10 and 11 to 13, studying STEM subjects at school or college at GCSE (or equivalent) or higher, although other cadets with an interest in science and technology can apply. Cadets will be split into two groups (Year 9 and 10 cadets and Year 10 to 13 cadets) based on age and STEM knowledge.

When: Assemble afternoon Sunday 22 October - disperse late morning Friday 27 October 2017

Where: West Down Camp, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire

How: Cadets in Army contingents from schools across the UK are invited to bid for a place now. Ask your Contingent Commander for an Application Form and further details. The deadline for applications is Friday 22 September 2017.