PUPILS from more than 35 schools in Gloucestershire will be among 6,500 children at next months Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

A total of 116 schools from across the country will be attending the airshow on Fridaym July 13, as part of a STEMworks initiative that will see Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths brought to life through interactive activities and cutting edge exhibits.

Longborough C of E Primary School, St. Lawrence C of E Primary School and Southrop C of E Primary School, will be among 16 schools competing in the Air Tattoo’s Junior Engineering Challenge.

Youngsters will visit the Techno Zone to witness a thought-provoking display from BAE Systems where they will be able to compare a World War One pilot helmet with one from the present day and an Airbus exhibit where they will be able to use a VR headset to look at Airbus planes in the air.

Sandra Keen, the Air Tattoo's Techno Zone coordinator said: “RAF100’s mission is to commemorate 100 years of service, celebrate continued service and inspire the next generation and in particular, we hope that the Techno Zone and Innovation Trail will inspire the next generation of engineers.

"In order to pursue a career in engineering and aviation, children need to be actively interested in the sciences before they choose their GCSEs.

"Hopefully the children’s visit to the airshow will fuel their passion and ignite their imagination."

This summer’s Air Tattoo will feature a thrilling seven-hour flying display, featuring fast jets, aerobatic display teams, helicopters and giant transports.

On the ground, visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of attractions and interactive activities.

To mark the official international celebration of the RAF’s centenary, for this year only, all accompanied under 18s go free.

You can book a ticket at bit.ly/2HWHKSd