Today we had a visit from some amazing mathematicians from BAE Systems who work with our Air Force and navy to provide aeronautical engineering solutions for our country’s defence. They were here to tak to us about STEM which means Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering and how exciting and important these are in our everyday lives. We all enjoyed the assembly and saw for ourselves the amazing things Maths can do!
First we met Maya the robot. She was funny and clever. She danced for us, answered questions and even picked herself up from lying down!
Next we learned about how objects gather momentum and force according to their weight when they fall, and how these can be accurately measured. The team got out a huge drainpipe and rolled a heavy ball down it. We all thought the ball would fly out of the end and over the children’s heads... but it barely went any distance because its weight was too much to gather the momentum.
After a clever card trick, the children picked on Miss Gee to try and solve a mathematical problem about balancing weight on a huge aircraft carrier. Miss Gee looked perplexed (she thought she was going to have to climb on the big balancing model!) but managed to solve the problem (with the help of a calculator) to balance different aircraft!
Next, we had a go at a spatial awareness test. Pilots have to show they can visualise and gauge distance and space accurately to be able to fly high tech aircraft with real precision.
Finally we learned about using forces that can send us sky high! Literally! They showed us a paramotor - a huge fan that creates enough lift to fly a person up to 20 000 feet! They showed us the real thing and started it up. The air was so strong it blew paper cups off the volunteers’ heads! (It was a bit smelly, too!)