STEMfest grew out of a proposal by Crawley Borough Council for a novel way of addressing the shortage of technical and skilled staff in the area’s high-tech businesses. Since the first festival in 2012, it has grown to the point where the 2016 programme involved over 16,000 students from more than 150 regional schools and colleges.
Crawley STEMfest provides an extensive programme of interactive events – including demonstrations, hands-on workshops and shows – and culminates in the annual Big Bang Fair South East at the South of England Showground. Check out the video to see what it’s all about.
Through these types of events, STEMfests aim to encourage the next generation to study and build careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and to develop the tools and techniques that will drive the economy of the future.
“Not only is it a great way for us as a company to contribute to our local community and to promote the Earth Sciences in education, but it’s also a great opportunity for our staff to volunteer here, to connect with the students and teachers, and to share their passion and enjoyment for science and technology. Today’s students are the future workforce, and we hope that they have been inspired today by the diversity of people, and opportunities that can be unlocked when they consider a career in STEM”. – Sharon Howe, Processing Group Manager, CGG