The air was alive with science and engineering inspiration when pupils the school took part in an interactive roadshow provided by BAE Systems and the RAF.
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 aged 10 – 13, we can hopefully increase the numbers that take STEM (Science, Technology and Engineering and Maths) subjects and ultimately increase the pool of talent in years to come.
Year 7 and Year 8 pupils took part in the roadshow which aimed to inspire young people towards a career in science and engineering. They were able to explore topics such as air pressure, aerodynamics, maths behind the science, Newton’s third law of motion, thrust, Coanda effect, centrifugal forces and more…!
Mr Stephen McMahon, Head of Science, at Saint Paul’s explained: “The aim of the roadshow was to give as many young people as possible a taste of what a career in engineering is really like. The roadshow consisted of a fun, live interactive presentation that challenged perceptions that young people might have of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.”
“It was an extremely informative and inspiring event,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “BAE Systems explained that science and engineering is all around us, and everywhere we look! Without science and engineering there would be no roads, cars, trains or planes, no houses, mobile phones, TVs, or even food! The pupils could see how many things in the world exist thanks to engineering and they were able to gain an understanding of the various career paths available to them for a career in this industry.”