Pupils from King Edward VI Spilsby attended a special event to promote careers in engineering and science at the home of the Red Arrows.
More than 300 students from schools across Lincolnshire were treated to a display from the RAF’s aerobatic team and met guest speakers including Professor Brian Cox and Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury.
The show at RAF Scampton, near Lincoln, was organised to celebrate the Red Arrows’ 50th display season and to focus on the importance of studying science, technology, engineering and maths.
Hi-tech companies including Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Mercedes also attended the event designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.
Stargazing Live presenter Prof Cox said: “The statistics are frightening but also inspiring.
“We need a million more people in engineering by the year 2020 just to stand still.
“That is across all levels from apprentices to those doing PHDs.
“What that means is there will be tremendous opportunities for pupils at school now to pursue careers in fields such as aerospace, science and engineering.
“It means studying those subjects is a sensible choice, but more than that it is also exciting.
“There is a myth that as a country that we are not as good as we use to be, but we are one of the best countries in the world when it comes to hi-tech engineering.”
Jason told the pupils: “Never make the mistake that a job needs to be something you do not want to do.
“The key to cracking success is finding something that you are happy to do, and is fulfilling.”
World land speed record holder, Wing Commander Andy Green, added: “We are world class at so many things. Eight of the 11 Formula 1 motor racing teams are based in the UK.
“The Mercedes Formula 1 car that is dominating this season is made in Britain by British engineers.”