L´OrÃ©e-des-Bois Elementary School in Laval, QuÃ©bec and its students hosted a group of aerospace industry representatives and government stakeholders for a demonstration of the Passion from Within Challenge.
With help from their teacher and adapted material, the Grade 5 students first learned about the forces that enable an aircraft to fly, identified the differences between various kinds of planes, got the opportunity to build their own paper gliders, and tested their prototypes in the school´s gym.
Initiated by Bombardier employees and powered by AÃ©ro MontrÃ©al since 2015, Passion from Within targets Grade 5 and 6 students, while Passion for Flight was designed for Grade 7 and 8 students.
Both programmes share the same objectives: stimulating enthusiasm for science and technology among young people, encouraging school retention, and inspiring students to pursue a career in a technological field, particularly in the aerospace industry.
Recognizing the value of these unique initiatives, the Government of QuÃ©bec will invest in the deployment of Passion from Within and Passion for Flight through the NovaScience programme.
MontrÃ©al, Canada-based Bombardier (TSX: BBD) is a manufacturer of both planes and trains. Together with its subsidiaries, it manufactures and sells transportation equipment worldwide. The company operates in four segments: business aircraft, commercial aircraft, aerostructures and engineering services, and transportation. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the company posted revenues of USD 16.3bn.