In February, a series of lively, fun-filled and visual demonstrations with student volunteers help illustrate key computing processes.
We were delighted to welcome representatives from BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, who delivered exciting ‘hands-on’ STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sessions to Year 7 and Year 8. The sessions had a particular focus on computer science, illustrating key concepts and processes.
In lively, fun-filled interactive sessions, our guests brought textbook learning to life through a series of memorable practical demonstrations.
- Demonstrating how a mobile phone communicates packets of data. To do this, they passed an item between volunteers in front of the audience along a line to demonstrate communication from mobile phone to cell tower, cell tower to cell tower, and then cell tower to mobile phone and back again.
- Selecting student volunteers to race sphero programmable robots (the Star Wars BB8 robot is based on them) via Bluetooth android tablets along a track, racing against other spheros. This was to demonstrate the use of Bluetooth as a transmission medium.
- Using mathematics to calculate the travel of a zorb ball by using its radius to calculate the circumference. Student volunteers pushed the inflated zorb (which had one of the STEM team inside) to check whether their calculations were correct.