It was on the early Friday morning (28th September) that three of us, Keno Mario-Ghae, Anastasia Bykova, and Peter Mildon, set off to do a presentation at an assembly in Ryde School, whilst the rest of the team took a taxi to Medina Sixth Form to get ready for yet another day of serious outreach.
Whilst driving, we cut down our rather ambitious Power Point document, which we made for a talk earlier in the week (see Activities Day 2, Green Tank), having been kindly yet firmly reminded by Keith Bridgeman, Head of Science at Ryde School, that the presentation was not to last for longer than ten minutes, which under no circumstances meant fifteen minutes. And it was a success! Not only did the 500+ students enjoy the presentation, but one lucky young man, Kiran Beckett, received one of our Raspberry Pi’s, kindly donated by Jack Lang of Raspberry Pi. It was only afterwards that we found out that this precocious 12 year old has been on the waiting list to get a Raspberry Pi for quite some time!
Straight after the assembly, we were able to go down to Endeavour, strategically positioned in front of Westmont and talk to a group of Juniour School students about the car, engineering in general and our mission on the Island (In the mean time, Keno managed to sneak out to teach French to Madame Hall’s class of year 7′s… don’t ask).
After the Junior School teachers finally managed to persuade their classes to leave us and Endeavour, we got to take some photos of the car in front of the grand entrance, together with the Headmaster of Ryde School, Dr Nicholas England. We are hoping to feature photographically in one of his excellent books on Physics, sometime in the future. Don’t forget us, Dr England, or the fact that you very definitely promised to buy into our ‘Name on Our New Car’ fundraising scheme (well, maybe you did not exactly promise, but it would be excellent if you did decide to sponsor us!)
Although unfortunately we cannot yet post photographs involving children, we hope to be enabled to do so in the near future, so look out for an update to this blog. No, really, our photos are excellent, as was everyone involved.
Thank you very much to Ryde School for their enthusiasm and the warmth of their welcome.