Members of the charity’s engineering team will be available at the RNLI’s stand to help show young people how the new Shannon class lifeboat combines innovative science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to save lives at sea.
Those attending this year’s Big Bang Fair – which takes place at Birmingham NEC from 13 to 16 March – will be able to take part in three fun and interactive activities led by RNLI engineers, as well as a host of activities led by other leading UK organisations involved in STEM.
The three activities are:
• Ship Shape: Have a go at model testing and choose a hull for the new Shannon class lifeboat. Explore real test footage and make your own engineering decisions.
• Shooting Ducks: Explore proportional control and see how it is used in the Shannon class lifeboat – by shooting rubber ducks with jets of water!
• Stuck in the Mud: Find out how tractors avoid getting stuck in the sand when launching lifeboats. Will you get your Shannon lifeboat model across the sandy beach in time for the rescue?
Steve Austen, RNLI Head of Engineering Support, said: ‘We are really looking forward to the Big Bang Fair.
‘The RNLI’s stand will show young people how science, technology, engineering and maths have been used to help create the new Shannon class lifeboat.
‘Our engineers will be available to answer any questions, as well as helping attendees take part in the three fun, hands-on activities at our stand.’
The Shannon class lifeboat is the charity’s newest class of lifeboat. It was designed in-house by RNLI engineers and is the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat in the fleet.
The first Shannon class lifeboat arrived at Dungeness lifeboat station in Kent on Friday 21 February. At least 50 Shannon class lifeboats are due to be produced over the next 10 years and they are expected to save over 1,500 lives.
For more information about the RNLI, please visit www.rnli.org. For more information about the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, please visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk.
Notes to editors
• For more information about the Shannon class lifeboat, and to find out more about the first Shannon arriving at Dungeness lifeboat station in February 2014, please here: http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/%e2%80%98Taking-lifeboating-to-the-next-level-The-first-of-the-RNLIs-newest-design-of.aspx
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