Robots and sci-fi to feature at Crawley STEMfest

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Robots, science fiction and a comedy celebration of all things geek will be among the events which will make up the third annual Crawley STEMfest.

STEMfest – which gives young people the chance to learn about the latest innovations in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) – will be launched next week and will culminate in the Big Bang Fair in July.

The festival will offer a series of fun interactive displays and workshops, giving young people the opportunity to interact with local businesses and other organisations and to discover more about potential career paths – as well as giving teachers the chance to forge links with local companies.

Events include:

“Robot Wars!” – a fun workshop where children (and their parents) build their own mini-robots and take part in various challenges (Crawley Town Hall, 29th May)

Manor Royal Comedy Spectacular - featuring Helen Arney, songstress from The Festival of the Spoken Nerd, (Tuesday 10th June)

““Scientists of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Test Tubes,” the latest version of the acclaimed science jamboree from the University of Brighton’s Professor Hal Sosabowski (The Hawth, 17th June)

Science Theatre: Is the Future Here Already?” – an electrifying demonstration of how the science fiction of the past is becoming the science reality of today (Central Sussex College, 25th June)

Crawley STEMfest will get under way at a launch event at Oriel High School on Thursday May 15, when MP Henry Smith will welcome guests and outline how, since it was first held in 2012, STEMfest has led to an increase in the numbers of local youngsters studying STEM subjects.

Other speakers at the launch event will include Chris Maidment, chair of Central Sussex College and the Local Economic Action Group (LEAG), Professor Andrew Lloyd, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Brighton, and Mark Collins, of main sponsors CGG.

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