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RAF/BAE Systems Roadshow visits Hayesbrook

On Wednesday 18th May we welcomed the RAF/BAE Systems/Royal Navy Education Roadshow to Hayesbrook to work with pupils in Years 7-8.

The roadshow was devised in response to the Government's acknowledgement that there is already a shortfall of ‘home grown’ scientists and engineers to meet the needs of the country and by capturing the interest of young people aged 11 – 13, we can hopefully increase the numbers that take STEM subjects and ultimately increase the pool of talent in years to come.  In this brand new presentation for 2016 pupils explored the world of waves – not just waves on water but light and sound waves too.  Pupils examined how engineers and scientists use their understanding of the different kinds of waves to create sophisticated communications systems, optical devices and ships and submarines that can withstand the crushing pressures of the waves in the sea.  Divided into three parts, the presentation featured demonstrations and activities that help students understand the similarities and differences between sound, water and light waves.  The final part of the presentation looked at examples from within BAE Systems, the RAF and the Royal Navy, where knowledge of different wave types is exploited by engineers to solve problems.  Students were invited to participate in some of the experiments.  Some strange sounds were created using unconventional instruments and they also discovered how light waves can actually make objects disappear!

Assistant Principal, Mr Reader said: "British values are an important part of education at The Hayesbrook School and over the course of the academic year we have worked hard to make sure that pupils have access to external speakers with strong British links. To date we have welcomed Andrew Chew from Cisco Systems, the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy, KCC/Kent Police ‘Is It Worth It?’ and Sussex University. We have also welcomed guest speakers as part of our sport lessons, science lessons and health and well being enterprise day".
The pupils clearly enjoyed the fun element to the presentation but were equally enthused about the importance of science and technology in their future lives. We hope to invite the group back to Hayesbrook in the next 12 months!