Blackburn Central High School Year 7 and 8 students along with students from Crosshill Special School took part in an outstanding BAE Systems/RAF/Royal Navy sponsored STEM Roadshow.
The School Roadshow is a fun, live interactive presentation, curriculum-aligned with the aim to inspire whilst still meeting STEM curriculum objectives. With partners, the RAF and the Royal Navy, this years roadshow is designed to enlighten students about the importance of control systems and computer technology in all aspects of present day life, helping them see the connection between what they study in school and the day to day applications in the real world.
The roadshow was in three parts. Part one took a look at drones, or unmanned craft. There are many different kinds of drone, from unmanned ‘Google’ cars to tiny ‘bots’ that can be used in medicine, so small they can be injected into the bloodstream to carry drugs to the parts of the body where they are most needed. Our students thoroughly enjoyed watching the drone fly and even dance!
The second part of the show focused on how computers work and our students engaged in a practical activity to help them understand how the binary system works.
The final part of the performance featured a cute 70cm high android robot called NAO that showed just how advanced robotics currently are. NAO interacted with some lucky students face to face. It answered questions, danced, performed Tai Chi, and even returned to standing when she was pushed over; completely amazing!