15 Mar 2019

On Wednesday, Mr Jackson led a mixed party of students to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, so as to experience the National Big Bang STEM Fair. Our group consisted of 11 students from Years 3 and 4, accompanied by Miss Lewis and Mr Tait, and 37 students from across Years, 7, 8, 9 and 10, accompanied by Mr Taylor and Mr Hoad.

We had an early start, leaving at 07:00, arriving in Birmingham at 10:30, our journey was broken by a quick drink stop. The NEC is massive and was full of amazing, exciting, exhilarating hands-on, STEM-based displays, shows, competitions and stalls. This annual event is our country’s main event to celebrate the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in our everyday lives and future. Our students spent the day sitting in a Red Arrow RAF jet, holding a large hissing cockroach, rummaging around inside a human torso to locate specific organs, exploring various scenarios via virtual reality, steering remote-controlled bomb disposal vehicles, trying to beat the record for flying paper aeroplanes, making badges, making water purer and safer to drink...there were so many things to do and see!

Unfortunately, we had to leave, and arrived back at school at 6.15, with everyone having had a thoroughly rewarding, fun and informative day!

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