Following last year’s successful visit BAE Systems, in partnership with the RAF and Royal Navy, returned to Jarrow School in October bringing their amazing science roadshow to our year 7 and 8 students.
A packed programme began with an introduction to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the RAF, Royal Navy and BAE Systems. This was followed by a discussion on the uses and applications of drones in the armed forces and in modern society. To illustrate some of the discussion points a drone was launched in our activity hall which one of our students was allowed to ‘hack’ taking control of the on-board camera and redirecting it to spy on the audience!
Several volunteers, led by magician extraordinaire The Great Montepulciano, took part in activities demonstrating computer coding, binary, bytes and error detection.
The show closed with an impressive demonstration of advancements in the field of robotics featuring Mia, BAE’s NAO (pronounced “now”) programmable robot. Mia held a conversation with one of the presenters, before showing off some uniquely human skills including some Tai Chi and being a little unimpressed at having a top hat pulled down over her eyes!
A group of year 8 students stayed during morning break to get to know Mia a little better and interact with her more closely. All of our students were excited and engaged by the roadshow but we think Mia stole the show for most.
Our students we’re given a rare treat on a sunny Thursday in September when a former student dropped in to visit in a very unique way!
Lieutenant Commander Graeme McCutcheon of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, with Lieutenant Commander Paul D'Arcy and Lieutenant Glŷr Garner, landed their Navy Wildcat helicopter on our school field.
Lieutenant Garner accompanied Chief Petty Officer Scott Mather and Leading Hand Andrew Hallimond, Royal Navy Careers Officers from HMS Calliope, in delivering a presentation to some of our year 7 and 9 students in class before each group was taken outside to be given a tour of the impressive Wildcat by Lieutenant Commanders McCutcheon and D'Arcy.
Students learned about life in the Royal Navy and some of the opportunities that serving in the Fleet Air Arm can provide. The tour of the helicopter was a clear highlight to students and staff alike! The flight crew were engaging and informative while giving students the chance to sit at the controls of the helicopter and try some of the safety equipment the crew use on board.
All students and staff involved would like to thank our visitors for what was a very special experience and we hope to see you all again in the near future.
Jarrow School are proud to have been awarded Loyal Supporter status by the charity Children in Need for the second year running. Every year our year 9 students organise a charity auction event known as JBay to raise funds for this great cause and last year’s event placed us in the top 500 fundraising schools countrywide.
This year JBay will be held on Friday the 17th of November at Jarrow School. Other year groups will have the opportunity to visit the many stalls and games on offer during the day before we invite the wider community to join us at 1:35pm for the big charity auction. We hope to raise even more money for Children in Need in 2017!
The letter from Children in Need can be read here.