We recently opened the doors of our Prime Air development centre in Cambridge to local school children, to help engage and inspire the next generation of innovators.

Prime Air is a delivery system designed to safely get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less using drones.

On this exclusive tour, students saw how 3D printing has helped the team iterate quickly on designs, learned about sense-and-avoid technology through a flight simulator and had the opportunity to fly mini drones in a flight cage.

“The kids’ reaction was brilliant,” said Elizabeth Oxborough, Lead Engineering Teacher of 3-5 years at St. Faith’s Cambridge school. “It’s a new type of engineering and very relevant to them, which is exciting.”

The team love having schoolchildren come and visit and share what they’re working on. James Thomas, who’s a Flight Support Engineer for Amazon Prime Air and a tour leader, said: “Seeing the children inspired by the experience is always rewarding. I was inspired by technology when I was their age so it’s great to help pass that along.”

The Prime Air lab tours aim to inspire more students into STEM careers by showing various stages of drone development and robotics innovation.

Click here to learn more about Prime Air.