World of science and maths comes to life at annual festival

StemFest in Queens Square (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-122133008
StemFest in Queens Square (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-122133008

The sun shone as crowds descended on Queens Square as the fourth Crawley STEMfest got under way at the weekend.

On Saturday, ‘STEM in the Square’ helped young people and their parents discover the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a range of entertaining hands-on activities.

StemFest in Queens Square (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-122105008

StemFest in Queens Square (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-122105008

The annual event is staged by companies, schools, universities and colleges, and other organisations based in and around Crawley.

It is popular with all ages and this year was no different.

STEM Sussex project manager Jo McKinney-Green said: “STEM in the Square was a fun day of activities, but it also provided vital career information to young people and their parents, and supported local employers in their efforts to attract the best talent.

“There are many highly-skilled jobs in and around Crawley, but large numbers of people commute from out of town.

StemFest in Queens Square (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-122326008

StemFest in Queens Square (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-122326008

‘STEM in the Square’ was a fun way of making all the family aware of the training and careers available locally.”

Organisations that took part this year included CGG, the world’s largest geophysical company, who have been Crawley STEMfest’s headline sponsor since 2012.

Other companies were Swedish firm Elekta, which makes radiotherapy equipment and Network Rail.

Holy Trinity School and the Universities of Brighton, Sussex and Chichester were there representing the education sector.

StemFest in Queens Square (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-122037008

StemFest in Queens Square (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-122037008

In addition to giving families the chance of experiencing first hand some explosive science and inspiring technology, scientists and engineers from all the organisations gave careers advice and shared information about apprenticeships.

Crawley STEMfest 2015 was organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach support department at the University of Brighton.

They put on the event in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College.

For more information about upcoming events go to www.stemsussex.co.uk