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Big Bang Fair at the NEC

Friday 16 March was an exciting day for Year 9 students as they, along with the science department, joined the multitude of Science, Engineering, Maths and Computing organisations in 4 halls of the NEC. By working with Aim Higher West Midlands we were able to take 200 students to this amazing event where our students were exposed to a range of exciting and challenging STEM activities and stage shows with guest speakers including the resident BBC ‘One Show’s’ resident science guru Marty Jopson.  The students’ imaginations were captured as they explored the latest in computer technology, and tried out their skills with virtual reality software packages from industry giants such as Tata, GSK, EDF Energy and Rolls Royce. Some students even found time to rock climb with the Army, sing karaoke and hold hissing cockroaches. Likewise, practical skills in engineering were used in building turbines and problem-solving with representatives from the Army, VEX Robotics and the UK Space Agency.  Students chatted confidently with the scientists and engineers about what they do, and asked searching questions relating to future career aspirations.

All the science staff and I agree that the Year 9 students here, at St Thomas Aquinas, made this amazing trip worthwhile by being the most fantastic students and we cannot wait to take next year’s cohort to the event.

Dr Gilmore
Teacher of Science

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