Coordinated by STEM Sussex

Crawley STEMfest.

Crawley STEMfest aims to enthuse the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Crawley STEMfest – inspiring the next generation

Crawley STEMfest is the biggest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the region.

A series of exciting events take place in schools, colleges and community spaces in May and June each year, inspiring young people to build careers in STEM and enabling local companies to connect with their future workforce. In 2018 over 16,000 pupils and 200 local employers took part.

The events culminated with the annual Big Bang Fair South East a huge extravaganza of shows, workshops and hands-on displays held at the South of England Showground.  Free for schools to attend, the event took place on the 26th & 27th June in 2019.

This year’s fair was STEMtastic and broke all previous records with almost 13,500 young people and their teachers from across the region attending!

Over 180 local and national companies, universities, professional bodies and other organisations provided 230 different activities, many of them hands-on, for visitors to the free event.

Crawley STEMfest 2019 and the Big Bang Fair South East were organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach department of the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Crawley College. Headline sponsors for the last three years have been Gatwick Airport Ltd.

Click here for a video of the 2018 event.

STEM Sussex Operations Manager Jo McKinney-Green said:

“Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang Fair South East have continued to go from strength to strength, and we are pleased that so many young people took part this year and demonstrated their enthusiasm for STEM subjects.

There is a serious STEM skills gap in the Crawley area and we believe that Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang Fair South East are inspiring more and more students to consider further studies and, consequently, careers in these disciplines, helping to narrow the gap.


Thanks to the support of all our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to stage these events, we have enjoyed another very successful summer. Planning can now begin for the 2020 event.”

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

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