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Regal occasion at Stevenson Hangar

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Charles, Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall fly paper airplanes as part of Aerospace and Aviation Day at Stevenson Hangar during the Royal Tour visit to Winnipeg May 21.

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Charles, Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall fly paper airplanes as part of Aerospace and Aviation Day at Stevenson Hangar during the Royal Tour visit to Winnipeg May 21. Photo Store

I recently had the privilege of joining Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, for Aerospace and Aviation in Manitoba Day at Red River College’s Stevenson Hangar.

There were a number of Grade 6 students from local schools attending the event, including students from Carpathia School and Laidlaw School in Winnipeg South Centre.

The Prime Minister was also in attendance and announced donations to two Canadian organizations, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Let’s Talk Science, in honour of the Royal visit.

Starting in 2007, each year 650 local Grade 6 students take part in Aerospace and Aviation in Manitoba Day. The day’s events are designed to introduce the young students and their teachers to the concepts of flight as well as to the city’s thriving aerospace and aviation industries.

Flight is part of the Grade 6 science curriculum and what a wonderful, hands-on learning experience for these students.

The Manitoba Aerospace Association and all the partnering organizations that make the project happen are to be commended for investing in this event annually. I believe they are investing in the future and their efforts today contribute to engaging and educating future scientists, engineers and pilots.  

I remember four years ago participating as a parent volunteer when my daughter’s Grade 6 class took part in Aerospace and Aviation in Manitoba Day. The experience was a fun and engaging way for both students and parents to learn about science.   

This year the students are particularly fortunate to have had Their Royal Highnesses in attendance for the event.

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