STAHS STEMFest success

Posted on 5 March 2020

Saturday 29 February proved to be a special date this year; not only a leap day, but also the inaugural STAHS Children’s STEM Festival. A crowd of 800 people enjoyed an action-packed afternoon of STEM activities ranging from robotics, engineering and virtual reality experiences, to innovative medical technologies, mesmerising science shows and a spectacular birds of prey display.

The day catered for all ages, with an array of hands-on fun including bubble and magnetic ‘magic’, and building marble racing tracks from recycled materials.  Reflexes were tested on a Batak machine, and scientific detective skills put into practice during the Crime Scene Investigation activity.

There was some serious horsepower on display in the playground in the form of an actual Formula 1 race car (thank you, Mercedes), with the opportunity for some high octane and fast-paced racing action on the giant scalextric inside.

State-of-the-art technology was showcased in our ‘Medics of the Future’ zone, with a team of our very own STAHS parents sharing their expertise on the amazing human body and effects of physical exercise on health. We are hugely thankful to our parent volunteers for coming together to provide this invaluable learning opportunity.

3D audio technology that had been specifically designed with Microsoft Soundscape provided a wondrous experience navigating our school grounds, informing the listener about our history, and guests were also able to experience the incredible technology used by blind people to ‘see’ the world around them.

Immersive wow-factor experiences took place in a pop-up planetarium, reached through a secret light tunnel, where guests of all ages were fascinated by 30-minute cinematic astronomy, alien and dinosaur shows.

Whilst rain initially threatened play, it was a relief to all when the sun came out and made the birds of prey display another highlight of the day. 12 creatures from around the world including hawks, owls, eagles and a falcon making his debut impressed the audience.

Our huge thanks go to everyone involved in creating and delivering this fantastic event, which we hope will pave the way for further STEM inspiration.

See the full gallery of the day here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/148555685@N07/sets/72157713354626728

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