The BAE Systems Schools Roadshow – supported by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force – visited our school in March to present to all our Year 7 and 8 pupils. The interactive roadshow experience is designed to inspire pupils about and to be aware of STEM subjects and their important link to specific career paths. The presentation delivered fun and engaging activities that demonstrated interestingly how STEM underpins everything that we do.
The show certainly inspired all our pupils who attended and to seriously think about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and careers, especially with the need for new energy, skills and talent to help develop the next-generation of ideas, deliver complex projects and help companies like BAe stay ahead of the competition.
Over 400 BAE Systems employees work in science, technology, engineering and maths related jobs and trained company STEM Ambassadors came along to our school to offer their expertise to inspire pupils’ interest and the value of STEM subjects in careers and the wider world and the diverse range of careers opportunities that can be achieved from studying the subjects.
Did you know there are twice as many magnets in an electric car than a fuel car or that tomatoes and apples can be moved by magnets? Pupils were treated to an interactive show covering insights into magnetism and how these technologies are applied at home and in the workplace. Magnets and electromagnetism are used everywhere and are essential for developing highly advanced planes, ships, submarines and aircraft carriers as well as equipment used in everyday life such as speakers in your TV or phone. Magnets will also play an important role for the world to get to ‘net zero’ by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.
As one of Britain’s leading companies, at the forefront of advanced engineering and technology, BAe has a long history of nurturing young talent and helping to educate young people on the value of studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. The roadshow helped bring to life the importance of STEM and hopefully will help inspire some of our pupils to become the next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers.