BAE Systems, the RAF and Royal Navy Schools Roadshow

On Monday 3rd Feb all of Year 7 took part in a STEM/Careers roadshow delivered by BAE Systems, RAF and Royal Navy. The focus of the workshop was different sorts of energy; Kinetic, thermal, radiant, gravitational potential energy, chemical, sound, electrical, elastic, nuclear, internal and strain. It was a really fun and lively workshop with plenty of audience interaction.

Students got the chance to have a go with Sphero, a little robotic car which is programmable and capable of working on solar or wind power. Wearing VR goggles they had to navigate the car between obstacles. NASA are contemplating using many ideas from these robots for future planet exploration. They are small, energy efficient and reliable.

They demonstrated how chemical energy is transferred into kinetic energy, thermal energy and sound energy by using 2 rowing machines and 2 Year 7 volunteers racing against each other. They measured how much energy was being transferred and how technology and the work of BAE Systems engineers can help rowers be as energy efficient as possible.

As the Official Engineering Partner to UK Sport, BAE Systems help support British athletes in preparing for sporting success through the use of leading edge technologies and engineering solutions. Year 7 have the chance to take part in their 2020 Rowing Boat Competition. Running until 22 May 2020, they can submit their designs for a rowing boat of the future for the chance to win £500 for the school and a visit by a member of the GB Rowing team. Enter individually or in teams of up to 4.

Go to www.baesystems.com/2020rowingchallenge

They concluded the workshop by talking about careers in STEM and that more women are needed in engineering.

Headstart Programme

What is Headstart? 

Headstart is a charitable trust providing hands-on STEM activities and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers.  Taking place at some of the top universities, our courses are perfect for Year 12 students to find out about the exciting career opportunities a degree course might lead to.  Our broad-based engineering courses give a flavour of many engineering disciplines and our focus courses provide an insight into highly specialised fields.  You can find out more here.  Stay up to date by joining our Headstart EDT Facebook group and follow us on – Twitter @TheEDTUK