BAE introduce pupils to engineering world

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PUPILS got to grips with new technology in a bid to encourage them to take an interest in engineering.

The BAE Systems roadshow was held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the historic dockyard.

Danny Bright from BAE systems works with pupils from Priory School in Portsmouth during a BAE systems science roadshow at Portsmouth Naval Museum. (left), Katie Dyer (11), and Ted Graham (12).'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves  (123308-1)

Danny Bright from BAE systems works with pupils from Priory School in Portsmouth during a BAE systems science roadshow at Portsmouth Naval Museum. (left), Katie Dyer (11), and Ted Graham (12).'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (123308-1)

Pupils from Mayfield, Priory, City Boys and Admiral Lord Nelson schools in Portsmouth and Park Community School in Havant took part.

It gave youngsters aged between 11 and 14 the opportunity to learn more about BAE Systems and how new technology works by watching a performance by staff and taking part in activities.

This included showing how sensors are used to ensure aircraft land safely.

Learning officer at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Claire Jordan said: ‘The whole idea of it is to introduce new technologies that are being developed at the moment.

‘The kids don’t generally get the chance to speak to experts. They are finding out about the job opportunities that could be available in engineering.’

Chloe Tillotson, 13, from Admiral Lord Nelson School, said: ‘It was fun as I’ve learnt about things that I didn’t know existed like real invisibility cloaks and different types of sensors.

‘I’m going to be a doctor when I’m older so will need to know science. Science is very much for girls and boys because it is interesting.’