Year 8 BAE Maths Masterclass
On Tuesday 1 May, Year 8 had a Maths Masterclass entitled “It’s a Numbers Game” delivered by BAE systems in collaboration with the RAF and Royal Navy. The Roadshow has been devised in response to the Government's acknowledgement that there is already a shortfall of ‘home grown’ scientists and engineers and so we were keen to give Year 8 an opportunity to explore the application of STEM subjects to a variety of careers.
Throughout the show Year 8 were introduced to a series of fun and fascinating ways in which Maths is used in everyday life, including examples of the practical application of mathematical techniques within BAE Systems, the RAF and the Royal Navy. The presentation included a performance from a dancing robot, MIA, who was able to show off her mathematical genius and demonstrate the developments in facial recognition technology. Some of the maths behind popular card tricks was also revealed and many students were able to participate in some of the demonstrations and problem-solving games. Several girls stayed behind at the end to talk with the presenters about the robots and careers within engineering. We would like to thank Dr Millgate and the Roadshow team for delivering an engaging and inspiring afternoon.
Georgia in 8G sent this report:
'On Tuesday, 1 May, Year 8 took part in a maths and STEM workshop by RAF representatives. This opportunity encouraged us to develop these skills for the future and gave us an insight of how maths and STEM are used in the RAF.
In the workshop, Year 8’s got to take part in the activities they were showing us. These activities included: balancing the aircraft, calculating where the ball would land and how far the power motor could blow. All these activities needed maths and some logical thinking to do. They also gave us an insight as to what some roles in the RAF consist of. For instance, the presenters brought out a model of the Queen Elizabeth-Class Aircraft Carrier and explained what a job boarding the aircraft carrier would include. We got to experience a scaled down version of making sure the ship was balanced by using pretend fighter-jet planes and working with their masses to balance the carrier.
A key part of the workshop was a robot that they had named ‘Maya’. Maya had been programmed by one of the representatives by using a similar sort of program to Scratch. This gave us a real example of when programming like Scratch is useful. Maya was an entertaining and adorable robot of which we all were amazed as to how simple her programming background was.
This opportunity was an educational but entertaining experience that we all enjoyed a lot. Thank you to the RAF representatives and Mr Millgate for organising this wonderful workshop and such a great opportunity.'