The Big Bang Fair at the NEC is the biggest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) event for schools in Britain. This year just over 68,000 visitors attended, and we got to see quite a few of them.
Experiment with the Vikings In November 2014 we were commissioned to write a primary school resource called Experiment with the Vikings for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The aim was to include relevant STEM activities for primary schools teaching a topic about the Vikings.
After my performance of The Fire show at the Winchester Science Festival I was interviewed. Not by any of these rank amateurs like the BBC but by……
What have Vikings and STEM got to do with each other? Well, I have a dream, and that is to get Vikings into the Big Bang fairs and STEM fairs all over the UK. This might seem rather far-fetched, but it’s not as silly as it seems. You see, a big reason the Vikings were so successful was because of their technology. Their engineering skills were impressive, and the Viking Longship was a revolutionary design that enabled them to cross the Atlantic and discover North America 500 years before Columbus. Viking Navigation relied upon knowledge of astronomy. Their weapons needed great skill in metallurgy … Continue reading