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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.


Local musician holds workshop with Crawley school promoting Anti-Bullying

Schools up and down the country recently spent time marking Anti Bullying Week. At OLQOH School in Langley Green, the 2019 theme was “Change Starts with Us.”



Workshops at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven primary school were led by local musician Ollie Heath, who used the unifying and all-inclusive medium of music to get everyone fired up chanting values of team spirit, resilience, focus and respect.

The atmosphere throughout the day was electric, mirroring the type of experience you usually get in a sports arena, with Ollie using his guitar and loop station to whisk up on the spot beats, the type of which you’d usually only hear at an Ed Sheeran concert! 

Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the special event with one pupil commenting, ‘today was an interesting, exciting and really enjoyable day which I will remember for a long time – thank you, Ollie.’

In response, Ollie said,
“when you hear an entire arena clapping and chanting in a concert, it’s electric and unifying. I use that same power to remind children how amazing they are and that anything is possible when people work together.

I’ve been coming back to Our Lady’s for years leading themed days and always have the best time! It’s an incredible school with phenomenal pupils, parents, Governors and staff!”.

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