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Techno Zone

The Techno Zone has aviation at its heart and is where the STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and maths, are brought to life and showcased with cutting edge exhibits and interactive activities designed to engage and inspire future engineers. 

See below the companies that will be attending this year's Techno Zone.

Company What are they exhibiting?
Sphero table - Use iPads to control mini spherical robots around a track which is designed to look like a wing of an airplane and the robot represents the fuel travelling round it.

HoloLens - Augmented reality - those wearing the headset can choose from a variety of Airbus planes to look at in the air.

VR headset

Goodies, literature stand and tables and chairs will also be on the stand

BAE Systems

A number of interactive displays, such as a Virtual Reality (VR) aircraft experience.  This aircraft experience will allow users to visualise the cockpit environment of a number of different aircraft which have been developed by BAE Systems (or one of its predecessor companies) and flown by the Royal Air Force at various times over the past 100 years.  

In addition to the VR experience, the audience will be invited to participate in some of the problem-solving STEM games on display; view a demonstration of 3D printing technology and understand how we currently use this technology within BAE Systems; our robot MIA is back this year and we will discuss the use of gyroscopes in aircraft design and how the same technology is used in MIA and finally focus on the evolution of air crew clothing from WW1 to current day.
Adjacent to the exhibition trailer we will present 'Innovation LIVE'  - an interactive performance were students will be introduced to a series of fun and fascinating ways in which Maths is used in everyday life, including examples of the practical application of mathematical techniques within BAE Systems, the RAF and the Royal Navy. The presentation includes the most up to date technologies to demonstrate the importance of Maths in the future of Engineering.

Dawn Bonfield Spreading the word that there are lots of additional resources online to help students and parents choose engineering careers.

Dyson STEM challenges which include building structures with Jelly Tots and cocktail sticks, making bridges from Spaghetti and elastic bands and using Dyson hairdryers to float balls.

Lockheed Martin
A 'career predictor activity' framing the experience to help kids think about the possibilities available to them in STEM from finding out what they enjoy doing. After finding out their future careers, kids can then get their photo taken in a purpose built booth to create a lanyard with their matching future career.

Employees share their expertise live on our stage area. They will talk about the exciting things happening in their fields showcasing what's possible at Lockheed Martin.
Another of our focus activities to inspire the scientists of tomorrow is the 'Space Discovery wall'. This offers both an engaging an educational experience, we will create a wall dedicated to discovering all the possibilities of space and Generation Beyond. Kids can pull levers, open air lock doors and turn gears to learn more about life in space and what it takes to be an astronaut.

Mantra (Uni of Sheffield) A virtual reality wall, a virtual 3D welder, Vive interactive headset & controller as well as many tactile work pieces and 7 screens showing different methods of manufacturing technologies some of the companies we have conducted research work with.

Martin Baker A virtual reality flight simulator of the Mach Loop in Wales, gives you the chance to experience what it's like for a pilot in training. Exhibiting a model F-35 modified to eject miniature seat models.

Moog A number of STEM related activities which will include 3D printing, hydraulic actuation and mechanical propulsion.

National Physical Laboratory

Hands on demos relating to the redefinition of the International System of Units, 3D printers and perception demos which tests the human ability to measure things.

RAF Leeming A PlayStation challenge and paper aeroplane making. Talk to serving members of the RAF about their careers.

RAFCT Visitors can find out about the RAF Charitable Trust, talk to its representatives and have a go on the buzz wire game.

Watch the video below for a taste of the Techno Zone. 

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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