1346 Visitors Relish the Big Bang at Stanmore 13/07/2015

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Friday, 3rd July saw Stanmore College host one of a number of nationwide Big Bang events to which it welcomed an impressive 1346 visitors from schools far and wide (ages 6-18).

A wealth of activities were available to inspire young people from all backgrounds with the potential of science, technology, engineering and maths.

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Programme highlights included:

  • BAE Systems & Royal Air Force Roadshow: a different look at the science curriculum and a glimpse at where STEM subjects can lead

  • The Ugly Animal Roadshow: Why should the panda get all the praise? This show was dedicated to raising the profile of the world's most aesthetically challenged endangered species.

  • Gifts from the Kiln: Guests discovered paper shaker and ceramics in science... in bricks... superheated parts of computers and machinery where metal components would fail. With a kiln camera, they could see live inside the kiln at 1,000º... it was awesome!

  • Coding Fun -- Flashing Lights, Sensors, Robot Arms and more: from FUZE Technologies

  • Oceans Project Skype: a catch-up with record-breaking sea rower Sarah Weldon as she battled the waves.

  • Programme Robots and Vehicles: visitors joined Steve Thomas to bring programming to life.

  • Into Film with Careers in VFC: that's visual effects in film!

  • The STIXX Machine: turning newspaper into solid chairs, towers and bridges with Jeremy King Engineering in Schools.

The team at Stanmore College, led by Rena Rani and Tom Hadfield, also ran fantastic STEM shows. Feedback indicated that the event had been a huge success. To quote Mrs Vale, Science Coordinator at Bexley Heath Academy, "we had such an amazing day -- the students were quite sad that we had to leave so early. I had not really understood just how many activities were available, truly an amazing feat of organisation."