Be inspired by STEM!

What have adrenaline pumping virtual reality, lifeboats that save lives at sea or electric motors all got in common?

They are all produced by local Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole companies exhibiting at this year’s Ultra Energy STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) Village!

The Ultra Energy STEM Village at the Bournemouth Air Festival aims to inspire the next generation.

Local companies, such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) will be taking part this year.

They will be giving everyone the opportunity to undertake a range of exciting activities.

The marquee will be located at the RAF Village on the East Cliff.

Who will be exhibiting in this year’s marquee?

We are still finalising plans, but please see the list of companies confirmed to be exhibiting in 2023:

Ultra Energy – Ultra Energy – this year’s STEM Village sponsor, based in Ferndown. It’s goal is to see nuclear energy fulfil its net zero potential by engineering innovative safety solutions that help nuclear companies succeed. Website –

RNLI – with cutting edge technology the RNLI saves lives at sea. RNLI engineers design, build or maintain the charity’s lifeboats and stations or have a supporting role in finance, HR, planning or administration. Website –

Thales – this year’s display appearance supporter of the RAF Chinook Display Team. From the credit card in your pocket, your passport, your secure online banking and supporting UK’s Army, Navy and Air Force, Thales teams harness the extraordinary power of technology to build a future we can all trust. Website –

Yunex Traffic –  a world leader in intelligent traffic systems, offering the widest end-to-end portfolio of solutions for adaptive traffic control and management. Website – Yunex

Spherea Test & Services Ltd– an international group providing complex test solutions for aerospace and defence platforms, systems and equipment. Website –

Superior Seals Ltd  – a leading manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals  Website Superior Seals Ltd

Parvalux Electric Motors Ltd – the UK’s largest fractional horsepower electric motor manufacturer and supplier, with state of the art manufacturing and service facilities.  Website Parvalux

Bournemouth University – a university that inspires learning, advances knowledge and enriches society worldwide, through research, education, and the impact of its staff, students and graduates –

KW Engineering – an engineered aerospace component company based in Poole –

IMI Thompson Valves Ltd – designing, manufacturing, assembling and testing high integrity pneumatic and hydraulic flow control devices.  Website – IMI Thompson Valves 

Leonardo – sponsor of the Typhoon Display Team this year, Leonardo is a global high-tech company and a leading player in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Website –

AECC University College – specialist health sciences university, delivering high-quality education, research, clinical and consultancy services in chiropractic, physiotherapy, psychology, radiology and imaging sciences. Website –

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) – a specialist arts institution with an international reputation. AUB has developed an Innovation Studio to support local businesses with early-stage ideation, prototyping and experimenting with new technologies. Website –

Micro Nav Limited – Micro Nav builds hyper-realistic Air Traffic Control simulators. We enable the world’s best trained air traffic controllers while tackling operational and environmental inefficiencies across the aviation industry. Website – Micro Nav

Certificate for children taking part

To celebrate all children who took part in our STEM + Red Arrows primary school competition, we would like to invite all schools and parents to download this certificate honouring their fantastic efforts.

You can download and print the certificate here. All you then need to do is fill in your child’s name on top.