28.06.19

NI CEB participates in major STEM event at HMS Sultan Summer Show

A key feature of the HMS Sultan Summer Show 2019 was the very substantial ‘STEM Tent’, housing a wide range of exhibitors, seeking to enthuse visitors of all ages in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects.  The show was held in the grounds of HMS Sultan in Gosport on the weekend of 15 and 16 June.

Following on from our first involvement last year, a Nuclear Institute Stand in the ‘STEM Tent’ was once again organised by Central England Branch.  Exhibits included a remote-controlled walking robot, a robotic arm, a plasma ball, a magnetic levitating globe of the world, magnetic molecules and a glove box kindly provided by Nuvia.  There was strong interest from the many visitors to the Show (over 6000 tickets were sold in advance).  We also participated in a special Show event held on the Friday evening for children with special needs.  We found that accompanying adults were really pleased that we were all helping the children to develop their curiosity and interest in the STEM subjects.

Our special thanks go to HMS Sultan Nuclear Training Department, for providing our stand with a nuclear submarine simulator and educational display equipment, together with personnel to demonstrate these items.  We very much enjoyed working together.   This cooperative arrangement also facilitated very helpful conversations about the role of the NI, with HMS Sultan and other Royal Navy personnel who visited us - thereby building on the recent NI endorsement of HMS Sultan internal training and qualification arrangements.  Central England Branch plans to participate in future HMS Sultan Summer Shows, as part of our continuing relationship with HMS Sultan.

Text prepared by Dick Francis (NI CEB)