The Big Bang! A Teacher's View
Article by Mr Paris
Monday 20th March 2017
As part of our commitment to providing our students with real world applications of what is taught in the classroom, everyone form Year 5 to Year 8 was taken to the Big Bang exhibition at the NEC last week.
The popular view of an engineer is a man in greasy overalls carrying a wrench, but our students now know this to be anything but true. We spoke to engineers involved with aerodynamics, aerospace, hydrodynamics, robotics, motorsport, construction, geology, microbiology, defence and human engineering. The students got to try their hand at engineering puzzles, building circuit boards, chemical engineering and got to converse with a robot.
We learnt how digital photography works and how data is transferred and stored, how all objects respond to unique resonance frequencies and can also be destroyed by them. We saw mathematics in action, as we learnt about the power of Pi and wondered at the laws of motion as we watched a string of beads levitating as they tumbled out of container. The students gasped as we learnt about the natural phenomenon of a fire tornado which turned a small waste paper bin fire into a three metre high inferno.
Just the day required to inspire the innovators of the future!