BAE Science Roadshow 2017

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.

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