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STEMfest launches with the silly and serious side of science

Date: April 4, 2019

STEMfest launches with the silly and serious side of science

Local students, teachers and Manor Royal employers officially launched the eighth Crawley STEMfest on Tuesday, with an evening of learning about the latest technological innovations mixed with some silly science-based comedy!

The achievements of young scientists and engineers were celebrated. Students from Crawley College, Ifield Community College, Oriel High School and St Wilfrid’s Catholic School displayed projects they have been working on in school, including work on a biodegradable plastic that could have serious benefits to the environment. Josh Skiggs and Molly Morgan from Ifield Community College spoke about the solar-powered car they are helping build. They will be taking this to France and Australia later in the year, to race against other schools from across the world.

The keynote address was from Abhi Chacko, Head of IT Commercial and Innovation at Gatwick Airport Limited. Guests learned about future innovations at Gatwick, including robots that can park your car! The event was hosted at Harwoods Jaguar Land Rover and guests were also treated to the latest innovations in car manufacturing with a tour of the workshop and show room.

The evening ended with a big laugh as comedian, science presenter and biologist Simon Watt, took guests through a whirlwind comedic journey, showing us why the blobfish deserves more praise than the cute panda and his own journey from sandwich artist to science comedian.

Crawley STEMfest officially launched for 2019 on 2nd April and will host a series of interactive workshops, shows, demonstrations and other activities in schools from now through to July. STEM in the Park, the large family event, takes place on Saturday 18th May in Memorial Gardens and at Crawley College. The 2019 festival culminates with the Big Bang Fair South East on 26th and 27th June, when hundreds of businesses and other organisations will provide a wide range of activities for an estimated 12,000 students and their teachers from across the region.

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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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