Full STEAM Ahead

On June 28th 2017, I was involved in the Cardiff SIAM-IMA Student Chapter ‘Full STEAM Ahead’ event, open to secondary school and FE College students, PhD students and staff. The event consisted of three workshops aimed at inspiring students to engage in STEM subjects, and opened with a short address by Sian Ashton of the STEM Ambassador scheme, a national endeavour to inspire young people to continue into STEM careers.

The workshops on the day were delivered by a combination of PGR Students and industry experts, and consisted of -
  • Robotics (Led by Emotion Robotics)
    Carl Clement of Emotion Robotics delivered a workshop based around artificial intelligence and automation using advanced humanoid robots, Pepper and NAO. Everyone was captivated and there were plenty of amazed faces in the crowd – they really do need to be seen to be believed!

  • Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi (Led by Luke Smallman)
    Bridgend College, in partnership with Sony UKTec provided Raspberry Pi computers and Pi cameras for the event, and with resources from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s ‘Picademy’, Luke delivered a simple introduction to programming hardware devices with Python.

  • 3D Printing (Led by Alex Safar & Danny Groves)
    Students had the opportunity to design and print their own 3D fidget spinners using the freely available browser-based software ‘Onshape’. There was a prize for the best design, submitted on the day and printed later by Cardiff University's Engineering Department. Each student also received a 3D printed ‘gyro’ keyring memento of the event to take away with them.

Scott Morgan | Mar 2018