CHILDREN had the chance to learn how science and maths can be used in the real world as part of a BAE Systems roadshow.
Youngsters from Portsmouth and beyond attended the event at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.
The roadshow, run together with the Royal Air Force, challenges young people’s perceptions about physics and how it relates to the real world.
Students watched a presentation and took part in interactive workshops.
Lee Phillips was running the programme on behalf of BAE Systems.
He said: ‘We’ve brought some schools into a different environment, taking them out of the classroom so we can try and inspire them and get them to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.
‘Our goal is to try and create a pool of young people who are going to be doing science and technology when they do their GCSEs so that there is a bigger pool of talent for BAE Systems to recruit from.’
Eleanor Parry, 12, is in Year 7 at West Hill Park School in Titchfield.
She said: ‘It’s really fun. Maths and science are two of my favourite subjects. I love doing things like this.’
Matthew Given, 12, who is also in Year 7, added: ‘We are doing a mix of maths and science but it’s in a fun way and we can learn to interact with new stuff.
‘It’s fun. It shows you more about how everything works.’
Melanie Coote is head of science at West Hill Park. She said: ‘Anything that takes them out of the classroom to enjoy science and maths is brilliant. They get a lot more out of this.
‘It allows them to show their interest and expertise out of the classroom.
‘It will make children realise that science can take them further than GCSEs and A-levels. It’s real science rather than classroom science.’
Students from Portsmouth Academy for Girls were also involved. Today, students from Brune Park in Gosport, Horndean Technology College and Wykeham House in Fareham will take part.