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Free science fair for all the family returns to Memorial Gardens, Crawley this Saturday

Serious science will once again combine with family fun when STEM in the Park returns to Crawley later this month.



The free event, in the Memorial Gardens on 18th May, is part of the eighth annual Crawley STEMfest and will bring the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to life for hundreds of young people and their parents

Hands-on workshops, demonstrations and interactive displays will be staged by scientists and engineers from local companies, national institutions and universities and colleges, making families aware of the many training and career opportunities available locally with STEM employers.

Local company Thales will give an interactive drone-flying display, there will be demonstrations of CAD and 3D printing by Weald Technology and the East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society (ESRAS) will help young people gain confidence by handing boa constrictors and other large reptiles. Kingston University’s Lab in a Lorry will enable young people to take a close look at serious science.

Crawley College will also be running a host of interactive, family-friendly activities as it opens its doors for STEM at the College, which runs from 11am to 4pm on 18th May.

Crawley STEMfest 2019 takes place in schools and colleges and in the community throughout May and June, and culminates in the eighth Big Bang Fair South East, at the South of England Showground on 26th and 27th June, attended by 12,000 students from across the region.

The events are organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach department of the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Crawley College. Gatwick Airport are headline sponsors of Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang Fair South East.

STEM Sussex Operations Manager Jo McKinney-Green said: “STEM in the Park is a unique opportunity to demonstrate to families in a fun setting how many STEM training and career opportunities there are locally. It’s a great way of inspiring young people and their parents to think about STEM-related careers.”

Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College, said:

“We have a long association with STEMfest and STEM in the Park, and this year we’re excited to be taking it a step further as we aim to really showcase the subject – as well as our facilities at the college. STEM subjects give students so many amazing opportunities and inspire young people to push the boundaries of their imagination.”

STEM in the Park takes place on 18th May, from 11am to 4pm, and admission is free. To keep up to date, follow us on Twitter at @CrawleySTEMfest,#STEMfest.


Crawley teacher wins Sussex teacher of the year award

It’s been an outstanding few weeks for Hannah Joyner a Learning Mentor at Thomas Bennett Community College who has been awarded Wellbeing Champion of the Year at the Sussex Teacher of the Year awards ceremony.



Working closely with students at the school Hannah offers outstanding pastoral support and always goes the extra mile. 

The heartfelt nomination was written by a student who said:

“She makes the school a better place where we feel like there is someone supporting us all the way”.

It’s clear to see that Miss Joyner loves her job and says “The students at the school are outstanding young people who are a pleasure to work with.  Hearing such wonderful words from a student validates why I enjoy what I do”.

Offering students excellent pastoral care and ensuring they feel supported at school is so important.  The students at Thomas Bennett Community College are obviously appreciative of the wonderful work the school do and this is so lovely to hear.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“The whole school community are very proud of Miss Joyner for winning the Wellbeing Champion award and for making such an important contribution to the lives of our students.”

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