Over 10,000 children from around 200 schools are expected to attend the Fair, which will also host the regional heats for the prestigious Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers of the Year competition. The competition is open to all 11-18 year-olds who have completed a STEM-related school project.
Gatwick’s sponsorship is part of airport’s education programme to highlight the importance and relevance of STEM subjects in the world of work, including at the airport which hosts 24,000 employees.
Bringing the subjects to life, airport staff – including its Chief Operating Officer and
Head of Engineering – will be on hand to answer questions and run displays in the Gatwick Zone at the Fair, which was attended by over 6500 young people last year.
Also bringing STEM subjects to life, the airport hosts monthly Learn Live interactive broadcasts live from Gatwick with students introduced to a wide variety of career paths and employees working in STEM-related careers at Gatwick.
Overall, Gatwick’s education programme is designed to help local young people gain confidence, raise aspirations and present opportunities that they may not otherwise have had. Other initiatives include bespoke, structured programmes for around 40 local students each year.
This is the third year in a row that Gatwick has been the lead sponsor for the Big Bang Fair South East, which will take place across two days on 26 and 27 June 2019 at the South of England Showground near Ardingly, West Sussex.
Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Paula Aldridge, said:
“We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Big Bang Fair South East once again. Gatwick is passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers and this event gives us an opportunity to invest in our local community to help ensure that they benefit from Gatwick’s success, both now and in the future.
“Our objective as an airport is to inform the next generation of local young people about the diverse range of jobs that STEM skills are needed for, to bring them to life in an airport context and to help to build a pipeline of talent for the future.”
Head of STEM Sussex, Bronagh Liddicoat, said:
“I am delighted Gatwick Airport is again offering its top level support to the 2019 Big Bang Fair South East – enabling the showcasing of innovative science, technology and engineering, and the related career path opportunities, to young people and teachers within the local community.
“The Big Bang Fair South East, with Gatwick’s input, will support the Government’s new Careers Strategy by enabling young people to meet scientists and engineers at a vibrant two day celebration of STEM. The event has become a benchmark in school calendars, with those who attend confirming the huge impact and enjoyment it creates.”
Crawley College 60th anniversary celebrations continue
On Tuesday 13th November, VIP guests, teachers, governors and business leaders attended a celebratory meal at Crawley College as part of a year of celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the college.
The college was delighted that several family members of the college’s original principal – Theodore Siklos, were able to attend.
Professor Siklos’ sons Stephen and Paul gave a fascinating profile of their father’s journey from Budapest, where he spoke Hungarian and German, via the University of Brno, now in the Czech Republic, to Wimbledon Technical College and then finally to Crawley where he oversaw the building of the college from nothing more than a building site.
They spoke warmly about their father’s time at the college and brought to life the total transformation that the engineering department has gone through – from an annex on Robinson Road with a single, temperamental computer, to the Advanced Technology Centre which features the latest industry-standard equipment for renewable and sustainable technologies.
Engineering continues to be one of the foundation subjects of the college – no doubt as part of Professor Siklos’s legacy.
The evening started with a drinks reception in the college’s Advanced Technology Centre, and a tour of the college’s engineering facilities, before a delicious meal was served in the college’s newly refurbished restaurant.
The college’s hospitality students designed and created a three-course dinner, based on the original menu served in 1986 when the Siklos building opened. Guests were treated to Waldorf salad, lamb loin, vegetable Wellington and chocolate orange choux pastry for dessert.
Vicki Illingworth, College Principal, commented:
“it was fantastic to see the restaurant buzzing and the students served up really excellent food. Our guests were very complementary about the evening and the journey they could see the college is on – we are very proud that the hard work we are doing is making a difference!”
58 Café Bar and Restaurant is open to the public from Monday to Friday in term time, serving barista-made coffee and homemade cakes all day, as well as a three course express lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Meals are cooked and served by the college’s hospitality students under the expert supervision of our chef-lecturers.
For more information about any aspect of the college, please visit www.crawley.ac.uk