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BAE Systems in partnership with the RAF and the Royal Navy

On Thursday 22nd June 2017  Year 7 and 8 pupils were visited by BAE Systems in partnership with the RAF and the Royal Navy.

The Roadshow was devised in response to the Government's acknowledgement that there is already a shortfall of ‘home grown’ scientists and engineers to meet the needs of the country and by capturing the interest of young people.

The roadshow performance was in three parts. Part one takes a close look at drones, or unmanned craft. As well as being used extensively in all three of the sponsors organisations, 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. As well as a practical demonstration with a drone, students learned about the dangers of hacking and the work that computer scientists and programmers do to keep our computer systems safe.

The second part of the show focused on how computers work and the students were engaged in some practical activities to help them understand how the binary system works and also how computers spot an error. A wonderful ‘magic’ demonstration brings to life just how clever computers are at processing information.

The final part of the performance featured a 70cm high android robot that showed just how advanced robotics can be. This talking, dancing , sensing, ‘thinking' robot has features that are present in many of the products that BAE Systems manufacture. For example, the gyroscope in the robot is very similar to the gyroscope that can be found in fast jets to help them keep level, or the ships that they build to keep them stable in rough seas.