22 October 2020

The annual Crawley STEMfest programme of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities aimed at students in Years 6 to 12 will be going virtual for the first time ever this year!

Taking place between the 12th and 21st November, STEM related activities can be accessed for FREE at any time of day from any electronic device including smart phones, tablets and computers, enabling children to take part at school with their teachers or at home with friends and family.


Activities will include fun and educational workshops with video instructions and worksheets such as 'Edible Geology' provided by Crawley based headline sponsor CGG. Or go on a 'Journey to Mars' with Atkins or discover 'Sound Engineering' with the Institute of Acoustics and work out the 'Maths of Carpentry' with Crawley College.


Also joining the line-up is science presenter Jon Chase who will be providing two pre-recorded shows; 'The Splendiferous Science of Roald Dahl' (suitable for primary and families) and the 'Science Rapper's guide to the solar system' (suitable for all ages and families) that can be viewed for the duration of the event. Jon has an intense passion for scientific thinking and believes that knowledge should be made available in a way that allows everyone the opportunity to gain access to it. His science raps are featured on BBC Bitesize, he produced a science rap video for NASA about astrobiology and he is excellent at relating to a wide audience so everyone should enjoy and learn from the shows.


Young people can engage in 'Desert Island Risk', which involves watchinga selection of STEM professionals describing their skills and the equipment they use in their jobs. The task is to decide who would be the most useful professional to be on a desert island with and explain why!


The virtual careers journey will take you through an interactive careers exhibition where you can discover the vast variety of jobs in the STEM sector from acousticians to electrical and software engineers working on global infrastructure systems and discover information about their corresponding career routes.


Natalie Goodchild, Internal Communications Officer, CGG Services (UK) Ltd said:

"We are delighted to again be supporting Crawley STEMfest in its first-ever virtual format! We are sure schools and homeschoolers will benefit from participating in this educational interactive event.

"Young people have missed live events during the pandemic and it's vital we continue to offer them inspiration and guidance as they plan their future career paths. Because the event is virtual even more young people can get involved and families can also learn together at home. Our employees really enjoy giving something back to the Crawley community, so we hope everyone enjoys our fun activities including the 'Edible Geology' series, which teaches the principles of geology using cake, jelly and gingerbread!"


Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith said:


"While our young people may not be able to go anywhere in person, I know this year's virtual STEMfest will transport them to a world of science, technology, engineering and maths from the comfort of their homes and classrooms.


"This year's line-up is as exciting as ever with a fantastic range of resources and I'm delighted that the council have been able to support the event for another year."


Estelle Whewell, Operations Manager, Sussex STEM said:


"We are extremely proud to be organising Crawley STEMfest for the ninth consecutive year. It's been a pleasure working with all our sponsors albeit in a different way to previous years and it's really heartwarming that so many of their employees have contributed fun and inspiring activities. We appreciate and thank each and everyone involved, and hope we continue to inspire many future Crawley scientists and engineers!"



Access to the virtual event will be available online here from 12 November 2020 at 9.00am


The event has been made possible due to financial support from employers including headline sponsor CGG and event partners Crawley Borough Council and Crawley College. Others include: Atkins and Faithful+Gould, Boeing, Canterbury Christ Church University, Coast to Capital LEP, Gatwick Airport Ltd, General Dynamics, Health Education England (NHS), Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Institute of Acoustics (IOA), Kier Construction Limited, Network Rail, Photek, Specsavers, St Modwen Homes, Thales and The British Association of Landscape Industries.


Sussex STEM


Sussex STEM (formally STEM Sussex) delivers engaging events for schools and students designed to inspire them to continue studying and develop careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Based at East Sussex County Council and supported by The STEM Hub based at Canterbury Christchurch University.


The Crawley STEMfest project partners are Crawley Borough Council, Crawley College and Sussex STEM. Working with schools and employers to inspire Crawley children to pursue STEM studies and careers to help reduce the local STEM skills gap.



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