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Science fair at Memorial Gardens a big success

Serious science once again combined with family fun at STEM in the Park last Saturday.

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

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

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

This year, STEM in the Park teamed up with Crawley College who opened their doors to the public and families were able to see how the college showcased the STEM subjects and facilities. Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College, said:  “STEM subjects give students so many amazing opportunities and inspire young people to push the boundaries of their imagination.”

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.

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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.”

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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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