On Thursday the 19th of April, Barry Comprehensive School teachers Mr Coles and Miss DeMott took high achieving Year 7 and 8 scientists to the STEM Cymru Big Bang Fair at the Parc Y Scarlets.
After an hour and 20 minutes on the coach the boys were greeted by glorious Llanelli sunshine. There were lots of different stalls at the Fair, hosted by different science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) companies. Some of the students managed to beat the queue at the Sony stall; where they got to play a virtual reality racing game.
DOW Chemicals, the American company with plant situated in Barry were present, and they explained how silicone is made in the plant that dominates much of the local skyline. Some of the boys enjoyed making their own bouncy balls and slime with Mad Science South Wales. Several teams had a go at controlling machinery using an Xbox controller in a timed challenge. Of course, one of the Barry Comprehensive School teams sat on top of the leader board by the time we left.
The Fair was held in an arena adjacent to the Parc Y Scarlets stadium. As a bonus, the boys were lucky to be able to catch a glimpse of the Scarlets rugby team training for an upcoming match.
Finally, we watched a show from Science Made Simple called ‘Why Physics?’ Despite the temperature reducing us all to puddles of perspiration, the boys were attentive and engaged throughout. Robert Grice from 7GW made a guest appearance on the stage to help the presenter with a demonstration.
A huge thank you to all of the boys who behaved impeccably throughout the day and Ian, our friendly coach driver from Caring Coaches in Barry.