Our visitors put on a stunning display: they pretended to be school pupils planning to enter the X Factor competition and trying to think of a theme for their song. There were plenty of props, sound effects, visual screen images, jokes, acrobatics and gadgets to keep the whole audience focussed and amused. Their skilled performance embraced in a dramatic way such things as how to listen to radio waves to pick up cosmic signals, radio telescopes, infa red cameras, body wearable antennae, invisibility cloaking devices, flight technology and controllable sensors, to name just a few. Afterwards children posed some fascinating questions which tested the team to their limit! This was followed with members of the RAF giving a short talk on possible careers opportunities.
Then it was time for our pupils to be set to work in mixed year group teams. Their task was to programme a sensor using a laptop, in order for a controllable buggy to drive as accurately as possible around a track. The pupils were all gripped by this challenge, with a fantastic display of teamwork, understanding and skill shown by all. (Two teams are shown below. Picture 1 left to right - Oliver, William, Lois, Kammy, Alex, Danisha, Isabelle; Picture 2 left to right - Simeon, George, Hannah, Jessica, Abbi). The morning ended in silence as the competitive edge from the various teams became apparent as they compared the performance of their own buggy against those of the other teams!
We would like to thank BAE Systems for visiting our school with such an inspirational workshop, and especially our pupils for representing their school so well and rising to the challenge of the control task. We shall look forward to BAE Systems returning to The Park School next year with their new 2013 Education Roadshow. We hope this workshop has inspired our pupils to find out more about the interesting topics which were introduced and the possible careers that they could follow in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Finally, a special thank you to our Head of Product Design, Mrs S. Lear, for organising the event.