Gunskirchen, Austria – October 26, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BRP’s Regional Innovation Centrum (RIC) launches a new children and youth project called “fly Doo – fascination aviation” to develop kids’ interest in aviation and develop contacts with schools, the industry, youth and their parents.
The project involves activities for all ages. In Kindergarten, children learn about the topic of aviation by playing games, for example making paper airplanes. Children visit the airfield in Wels or the airport in Linz to experience the world of flying first-hand. The topic of flying is integrated in several subjects such as physics, biology, and woodworking or metalworking classes.
The challenge for the kids at the end of the project is to build and design their own aircraft model. At the AIRSHOW – the closing event – models are presented and awarded. The best and most active children get a trip to the Nasa Space Camp or a scholarship for the Summer School in Alpbach.
The Kick-Off-Event takes place on October 11 at the University of Applied Science in Wels. fly Doo is supported by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)/The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) initiative “Talents regional” to get youth interested in natural Science and engineering, aerospace and in the involved companies. Among the 35 submitted applications for “Talents regional”, 11 projects, were accepted, including fly Doo, the only Upper Austria initiative. The RIC cooperates with 12 educational institutions, including kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions as well as direct partners – the University of Applied Science in Wels and BRP-Powertrain’s apprenticeship workshop.
Regionales Innovations Centrum (RIC) focuses on research and knowledge transfer. The RIC perfectly combines these pillars: R&D and high-level qualifications. The RIC – an innovative platform for the exchange of creative thinking between universities and the industry, stands for the next generation of technology centres. The centre is situated on BRP premises in Austria.
The RIC represents a joint financial input of € 8.5 million ($CA 12 million). BRP covered 75% of the costs; 24.5% came from the municipality of Gunskirchen, supported by the Upper Austrian Government, the city of Wels and the municipalities of the Wels-Land district; as well as a contribution from the Oberbank Wels.
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