Leeds West Academy


BAE Roadshow

Leeds West Academy was host to the BAE Systems Roadshow on 20th March. Students from Year 7 and Year 8 were invited to take part in a live demonstration of waveform experiments; creating strange sounds using unconventional instruments and discovering how light waves can make objects disappear.

Divided into four parts, the presentation featured demonstrations and activities to help students understand the similarities and differences between sound, water and light waves. The roadshow concluded with career examples from within BAE Systems, the RAF and the Royal Navy, where knowledge of different wave types is exploited by engineers to solve problems.

Tracy Foy, who leads the STEM programme at Leeds West Academy, said: "Students as well as staff were hugely entertained by the roadshow which was both fun and highly informative, demonstrating STEM in action whilst inspiring future careers. Feedback from Year 7 and Year 8 has told us that many students are keen to pursue further studies and careers in engineering."

We thank BAE Systems and the Roadshow Team for their inspiring show. Details of STEM pathways within BAE, the RAF and Royal Navy can be found through their Twitter feed at @Roadshow_Team.