KFA Connect at the Big Bang @ Dorset Fair
A bit hoarse from talking so much and with aching muscles from bending down to pick up all the stray golf balls! But what a great day, chatting to the 1000 students from 30 schools across Dorset who attended the STEM-themed day.
We held two Golf putting competitions, using Rasberry Pi technology to produce a leaderboard by using sensors in the holes.
In the morning session, a student from Bournemouth School for Boys came top of the leaderboard and in the afternoon session, a younger student from Ferndown Middle School won. Both will receive a £10.00 Waterstones voucher*.
There were some impressive demonstrations going on by other exhibitors and the children seemed to really enjoy the day – soaking up all the information they can.
We overheard one of the teachers giving his students a pep-talk on entering the Tank Museum, and they all gathered round to listen. What we heard was just brilliant – he told the children to ask questions, learn as much as they could and to bear in mind that some of the jobs they could have the opportunity to do in the future will not yet exist. We thought it was brilliant…a real fist-bump moment and the children went off with real enthusiasm.
We took part to represent the technology side of STEM learning and were keen to chat to the students looking to pursue a career in IT.
What a great day!