Newton Room opens in South Yorkshire

by | 5 March 2024 | Community facility, Education and Learning, Rotherham

South Yorkshire has become home to England’s first Newton Room, a permanent classroom with three tabletop 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.

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.

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.”

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