I did a quick search and saw the beginnings of a conversation.
I arrived late the night before in Tonbridge and grabbed a chat with Maggie.
I got to have a few quick chats in and around the exhibits before the mass of teenagers flooded the space. There was certainly some interesting tech in the room.
RoboChallenge, a small family business had in my opinion the most impressive looking display. Cars, robots and a bike I couldn’t talk about much. ;o)
The local University had some interesting exhibits to play with. Pushbike powered generators and thermal imaging cameras to name a couple.
QR codes appeared to be dotted everywhere. In the halls, corridors, corners and even the toilets. Will next year’s events be playing with near field communication?
Above is my new QR code made by @RichardMackney
I was quite excited to see the Skeleton Bob Simulator. One of only two in the world.
There was so much energy in the rooms I was glad to escape for a few moments to update a couple of blogs.
I wasn’t the only one with a momentary escape plan.
The guys on the Samsung stand had some cool mobile and TV tech to show off. They also gave a hint at the future of Smart TV.
There was so much to see and document. I didn’t even scrape the surface of what was going on in all the corners.
It was great to see the teachers as enthralled and excited as the kids. I heard one teacher squeal with excitement watching the Skeleton Bob Simulator.
Upstairs the teenagers were inventing and marketing app ideas.
More great ideas were followed by rewards and prizes for those that impressed the judges.
Maggie Philbin appeared to have more energy than the teenagers in the final wrap up. They had certainly been mentally and physically tested over the day. As we all had.
It was obvious to see that the opinions of Scientists and Engineers as well as the perceived importance of Maths had massively changed from the not that impressed to the positive.
Personally I thoroughly enjoyed the day. In a way I wish I’d spoken to more kids ‘on the record’. The ones I did get to chat with during the whirlwind of activities said they’d love this kind of thing to happen every month. “It’s like 30 fields trips in a day” said a young lad obviously impressed.
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