STEM in the Classroom

Its been a while since I last blogged (apologies for that), but  I have had a lot on recently. So here is a catch up on one of the activities I have been doing.

Recently I have had an opportunity with two colleagues, to attend a school and take 4 classes (1 hour each class) and talk to them about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s) and what is happening in business around Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality. I also took some headsets along for the pupils to try (HTC Vive, Hololens, Gear VR and RealWear) as well as a hand held scanner for taking scans of real world objects to put in to the virtual world.

I ran 20-30 mins of discussion followed by the rest of the time with the pupils trying out the items I had taken along for them to look at how they can be used and to inspire them in looking at STEM subjects in their subject choices.

It was a great experience to take 4 classes and effectively being a teacher for them and it was certainly different to be called “Sir” instead of “Max” and took a bit of getting used to.

I used a mobile phone as a basis to explain why STEM subjects are important as all the pupils had one and went through how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s subjects/skills are used in the creation of the device and why they are important.

The pupils certainly enjoyed their experience trying the different types of realities and using some voice controls instead of keyboards to invoke applications and tasks. I hope that I have helped inspire some to take the subjects going forward and wish them all well with their choices, exams and future careers.