Coordinated by STEM Sussex

Essential Science & Tech Fair Changing Lives in Crawley

Date: May 22, 2017

Essential Science & Tech Fair Changing Lives in Crawley

Young people were inspired by STEM in the Park on 20th May in the Memorial Gardens in Crawley. With over 20 STEM exhibitors motivating the local community, the event celebrated science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

With the residents of Crawley making friends with snakes and other reptiles, creating water-propelled rockets and building bridges out of newspaper, it was action packed.

Paula Aldridge, Community Engagement Manager at Gatwick Airport spoke about the importance of the event for young people in the local community:

”As a major employer in the area, Gatwick are delighted to be headline sponsors of Crawley STEMfest, with STEM in the Park being an important part of the programme of events. As an organisation we want to actively encourage young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths.”

As well as local employers, the universities of Sussex, Chichester and Kingston upon Thames were on hand. Kingston brought their mobile “Lab in a Lorry,” and Sussex explored how characteristics are inherited.

Central Sussex College examined our hands under a microscope to see how clean they were with sometimes surprising results!

Some of the other organisations involved in what was a vibrant and entertaining celebration of STEM were SpaceFlight UK, Manor Green College, Code Club, NHS, Siemens and the IET.

With student attendees summing up the event as ‘inspiring’ and ‘making careers accessible’, the event was a great success.

Crawley STEMfest 2017 is organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach support department at the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College. Headline sponsor is Gatwick Airport. The festival runs through May and June each year.

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

www.stemsussex.co.uk www.crawley.gov.uk www.centralsussex.ac.uk