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  • New aviation-themed STEM activity hub first of its kind in England
  • Rotherham-based Magna Science Adventure Centre will host Newton Room installation.

ROTHERHAM, UNITED KINGDOM, 25 January 2024 – South Yorkshire has become home to England’s first Newton Room, a permanent classroom with three table top flight simulators used to teach students various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts including aviation modules.

The Boeing-supported Newton South Yorkshire, hosted by Magna Science Adventure Centre in partnership with the non-profit foundation FIRST Scandinavia, will promote STEM education and innovation in the region.

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, officially opened Newton South Yorkshire, joined by representatives from local government, education and community groups including members of the local Sheffield Air Cadet unit, 362 Squadron.

Commenting at the opening, Sarah Champion MP said: “I am delighted to officially unveil the Newton Room at Magna Science Adventure Centre. It is fantastic to have such advanced learning facilities here in Rotherham that will benefit students across South Yorkshire and beyond.”

Newton South Yorkshire builds on Boeing’s longstanding presence in the region, which began as co-founders of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in 2001 to help develop advanced manufacturing partnerships in the region. Boeing subsequently opened its first manufacturing site in Europe in 2018 in Sheffield and recently announced a further joint industry and government investment for dedicated aerospace research facilities at the AMRC.

“Nurturing the next generation of scientists, engineers and aviators is not possible without like-minded partners such as Magna Science Centre and First Scandinavia, and we’re proud to continue being a conduit for collaborations that help develop vital skills for the future”, said Maria Laine, president of Boeing in the UK, Ireland and Nordic region. “This partnership builds on our long, proud involvement in the South Yorkshire region and reflects our ongoing commitment to the local community.”

The concept originated in Norway, and South Yorkshire is the latest in a network of six Boeing-supported Newton Rooms across Europe. The UK’s first Newton Flight Academy was opened in Scotland at Glasgow Science Centre in 2022.

“The brand-new aviation-themed facility at Magna will help to create new opportunities for visitors to enjoy immersive STEM learning”, said Kevin Tomlinson, CEO of Magna Science Centre. “The success of similar projects across Europe illustrates the important role of the Newton Concept when it comes to inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists, and aviators. It’s a terrific coup for Magna to be chosen as the site of England’s very first Newton Room, and the new facility will enable us to provide new forms of creative learning, which complements and enhances our existing offering.”

“I am thrilled to witness the opening of our first Newton Room in England, housed at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in partnership with Boeing”, said Per-Arild Konradsen, CEO of First Scandinavia. “This marks a significant milestone in our mission to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers around the world. Our collaboration with Boeing continues to underscore our commitment to fostering high-quality STEM education globally. Together, we aim to provide young minds in the South Yorkshire region with an immersive and engaging learning experience, igniting their curiosity and passion for science and technology.”

Newton South Yorkshire will be open to schools during term-time and families at weekends and school holidays.