Coordinated by STEM Sussex

About Crawley STEMfest

Crawley STEMfest takes place in schools and colleges, in STEM Clubs and throughout the community during May and June each year, with events for people of all ages. You can read the final evaluation report from 2017 here: STEMfest Report

Crawley STEMfest 2017 launched on 4th April with a Manor Royal comedy night. You can read all about it here. Speakers included sixth-form twins, Megan and Elizabeth O’Shea from Science Rocks, who shared their STEM journey with us. You can view their video of the evening here.

The festival culminates with the Big Bang Fair South East on Wednesday 28th June. You can read the evaluation of the event here: Big Bang Report

The headline event sponsor for both the Big Bang Fair South East and Crawley STEMfest is Gatwick Airport Limited.

The Big Bang Fair South East is a fun, action-packed day for more than 8,000 young people aged 9-19, and is an excellent opportunity for the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community to come together to enthuse and inspire young people about college and university courses and careers in STEM. You can check out the Big Bang Fair South East video to see some of the activities at the 2017 event.

It is also a celebration of the achievements of young people through the regional heats of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

Schools and colleges are invited to get involved with Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang Fair South East, both unique opportunities for teachers to forge links with businesses and individuals in the STEM community.

“Gatwick was proud to be headline sponsor of this year’s Big Bang Fair in the South East and was pleased to see such a good turn out from schools across the region.  

“Our objective is to inform the next generation of young people about the wide range of applications of STEM skills at the airport and inspire them to choose STEM subjects – helping to build a pipeline of talent for the future.”

  • Paula Aldridge, Community Engagement Manager, Gatwick Airport



The University of Brighton through STEM Sussex will be hosting Crawley STEMfest in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Crawley College.

STEM Sussex | Crawley Borough Council | Crawley College.