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Exhibiting Companies in 2018

See below the companies that attended this year's Techno Zone and what they were exhibiting. 

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.

Boeing (Centennial Wings) Visitors are invited to come and see the completed Sting S4 light aircraft built by RAF Cadets from Northern Ireland, as part of the Centennial Wings project supported by Boeing and The Air League.
Bournemouth Air Scouts Sim There will be four different flight simulators for the public to enjoy. These were funded by a RAFCT donation.
Dawn Bonfield Spreading the word that there are lots of additional resources online to help students and parents choose engineering careers.

Defence Science & Technology Lab A full cockpit, two seater, gliding simulator, a desktop wind tunnel, a range of hands-on science activities, electrical circuit building, torch building and hoop glider building at this stand in the Techno Zone.
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.


A Virtual Air Show has been created for the Fujitsu stand at RIAT that gives the audience the chance to design a customised livery and to create a flight plan for an air display choosing from a selection of tricks. The flight plan is based on their ability to answer a range of STEM related questions before they watch it fly from within the air traffic control tower on a virtual runway. The experience will include scanning of a QR code, which will produce a 3D model of a plane rendered in virtual reality.

GE Trying your hand as a pilot in our portable flight simulator, and test your reaction time in our 'Plane Reaction' game. There will be a series of challenging puzzles for all ages, including matchstick challenges, a basic introduction to programming, and some other aviation-related activities.
Come to the Leonardo Pavilion and take a "Future Selfie" of yourself to share with your friends online. See how Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) subjects can enable you to be an engineer, cyber guardian, pilot or astronaut of the future!

Our Eurofighter Typhoon is needed for operation but sensors detect Foreign Object Debris (FOD) in the system. Can you find the FOD and ensure the aircraft is ready for take-off in less than 3 minutes?
Using the HTC VIVE Room Scale VR system, move around a virtual Eurofighter Typhoon to find and remove all aircraft safety devices and check for any FOD as the time counts down.
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.

On its stand this year QinetiQ is offering Techno Zone visitors the chance to try out some pretty exciting and challenging experiences.

The Robot Resupply Run - this problem-solving activity involves selecting the right shaped container of supplies, as well as the right robot for the task, then using the robot to transport the supplies across an obstacle course to the required destination ... not as easy as it sounds!

The Crimping Challenge - experience real aircraft avionics engineering skills. Create an aircraft wiring harness under tuition and, if it's done properly, the aircraft navigation lights will come on. Be prepared to persevere!
The activities teach basics hand skills required in creating a wiring harness and involve engineering problem-solving skills in working with robots; by trying and failing, and trying again until they succeed, participants are gaining the ability to solve problems!
RAF Leeming A PlayStation challenge and paper aeroplane making. You can also 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.

“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

“Probably the most complete air show Ive ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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