RAF100 Competition

An opportunity for young people to tell the story of an RAF base and bring together their understanding of history and physics

The history of the RAF demonstrates how people and their needs have pushed scientific development. How can knowledge of those people and the technology they worked with push us to think about developments for the future?

On this website there is an interactive map showing all the RAF bases in the UK and another of all the RAF bases used globally. The maps start from the First World War period through to today.

Currently these maps only include very basic information about each of the bases. We would like schools and youth groups to provide the information about the bases. This information will be uploaded onto the site (following validation) and will provide the lasting data about that base. Young people will be directly contributing to the RAF100 legacy.

In addition to helping tell the story of each base, the competition offers an opportunity for young people to bring together their understanding of how scientific ideas and technology have developed in history to explore current and future technological developments that might shape the RAF and civilian world of the future.

The prizes include opportunities to attend commemorative events during the centenary year, as well as gifts for the school. 

Age categories

The competition will run with three age group categories:

Closing dates

The prizes are spread over 2018 and include tickets to events, so there are three opportunities to enter for different prizes:

Please note that schools/youth groups etc can put forward as many entries as they wish for each of the deadlines, but each entry (research piece/film etc) can only be submitted once.

The competition

Students should work in groups of two up to ten and together explore an aspect of the RAF’s history and the scientific developments that drove the technology of that time.

1. They should research an RAF base, ideally near to where they live – this can be an historic base as indicated on the map on this site. They should be able to identify what purpose that base had, what records there are of what happened there, people who worked there, and what technology and human skills were key to the purpose of the base.

The group should then either:

(a) Carry out further research about their chosen base, interview people locally, find out in detail about operations there etc,


(b) using the knowledge they have acquired of the history and the technology of a base near them, the students should then select another area of RAF operations in a modern or recent setting as demonstrated on the website or through its links. Using that information the group should present an idea of how technology from, or for the RAF may develop in the future:

2. The group must then create a presentation of both written and visual work which can also include an optional 2-6 minutes film, all of which is suitable for being put online.

The presentation in either format must meet at least 3 of the following criteria:

Things to remember

The RAF is an organisation that:

The people involved with the technology of the past and the present:

All entries that meet the validators' standards, including those that do not win prizes, will be uploaded to the RAF100 schools website as part of the RAF100 legacy.

Competition Prizes include:

How to enter

In order to upload an entry the teacher or youth group leader must register on this website. 


  1. All entries must fulfil the criteria set above
  2. All entries that include film or images of people must be cleared for public use
  3. All entries will be judged by a validator
  4. Use of the information will be at the discretion of the Historical Association, Institute of Physics and the RAF. 

Submit an entry