Science fun in the park for all the family

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Fun and games will rub shoulders with serious science when STEM in the Park returns to Crawley later this month.

The free event, in the Memorial Gardens on Saturday 12th May, is part of the seventh annual Crawley STEMfest and will showcase careers and apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering and science (STEM) in a range of fun and hands-on activities aimed at young people and their parents.

Make clouds in a cup with Chichester University, create your own intergalactic comet with Creative Space, and meet unusual reptiles and insects with ESRAS and Investigate renewable energy production with OVESCO.

All these workshops, demonstrations and interactive displays (and many more) are staged by scientists and engineers from local companies, universities and colleges and other organisations, making young people and their families aware of the training and career opportunities available locally in STEM disciplines.

Rachel Day, Project Co-ordinator for STEM in the Park, explained why, with one week to go, we are all excited:

“It is always great to see local families come along to STEM in the Park.  It is a really fun day out with a wide range of activities for everyone; they have the chance to see the innovative work engineering and science organisations are involved with right now.  It is also a fantastic opportunity for parents to speak to organisations about the various ‘next steps’ their children can take to pursue their own opportunity in the STEM realm including advice on apprenticeships”

STEM in the Park is the community event for Crawley STEMfest. It is organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach department of the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Crawley College. Headline sponsor of Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang Fair South East are Gatwick Airport.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “STEM in the Park has always been a hugely popular event with both children and adults and I have no doubt it will draw crowds again this year! This event does a fantastic job of engaging school children in STEM subjects and encouraging them to try something new and broaden their career prospects.”

Gatwick’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said: “We are looking forward to supporting a successful series of STEM events this summer, including STEM in the Park and the Big Bang Fair.

“This is the second year Gatwick has sponsored STEM in the Park and we are anticipating another well-attended event that provides inspiration for local young people to consider a future STEM career or apprenticeship.”

STEM in the Park will run from 11.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 12th May. Admission is free.

To keep up to date, follow us on Twitter, @CrawleySTEMfest, #CrawleySTEMfest. Look forward to seeing you there!

www.crawleystemfest.co.uk

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