Inspiring STEM to 100 children in the Visualisation Lab

One hundred children from four schools in Milton Keynes, visited the lab today in the hope it would inspire them to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM).

There has been a gradual rise in children studying STEM subjects at GCSE, except Computing which saw a fantastic 76.4% rise in 2016. The Transport Systems Catapult is keen to encourage this trend, so that the next generation continue the valuable scientific and technology research and development that the UK has become well known for.

As part of a wider day where the children toured the Catapult and spoke to the other teams, the Visualisation Team presented various aspects of our exciting work to the eight groups.

Kyle demonstrated walking in VR on the Omnideck while Ryan explained how we use it, along with the Tacx cycling simulator and our Eyeware project.

Matt explored the possibilities of capturing the real world in novel ways, using drones and 360 cameras.

Matt Thompson explaining drones and 360 camersa to school children at Transport Systems Catapult Visualisation Laboratory in Milton Keynes

Tareq introduced the children to our VR autonomous vehicle simulator, complete with Leap Motion real-hand controls.

Alby invaluably ensured everything ran smoothly and even introduced Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, to our Virtual Reality model of Milton Keynes.

Photos by Nick Callaghan of Luminex Photography.

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