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Orchard School Bristol

Thrills and fun as numbers roadshow comes to Orchard

Published on 27/11/18

Y7 and 8 event highlights opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths

Years 7 and 8 enjoyed a thrilling day showing maths in action with Hannah, Matt and Megan from The Roadshow Team, in partnership with BAE Systems, The Navy and the RAF.

They took part in the fun games and demonstrations, and everyone was blown away – almost literally – by the paramotor, a huge fan-like machine which has broken records for taking a man thousands of feet into the air.

They were also joined by an amazing robot called MIA who was there to show off her mathematical genius and explore developments in facial recognition technology.

And students bravely took place in a seemingly death-defying experiment with a heavy ball – but which proved to be totally safe if you understood gravity, speed and forces.

The day was also about encouraging students to understand the importance of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and how they could help shape future careers.

Head of maths Mr Woods said: “Throughout the show students 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 the most up to date technologies to demonstrate the importance of Maths in the future of Engineering. It was exciting opportunity for us to have them.”  

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