Thousands of students in schools throughout the South East will get an insight into the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at a festival organised by Brighton University this summer.
STEMfest 2012 is being organised by STEM Sussex, the outreach department of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College.
It will give young people the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and developments, interact with local businesses and discover more about potential career paths. Teachers will also get the chance to forge links with local companies.
STEMfest will take place in schools and STEM Clubs, and throughout the community, from May to July and will involve thousands of young people, as well as their parents and teachers. Its aim is to inspire the next generation to study and build careers in STEM disciplines, to develop the tools and techniques that will drive the economy of the future.
It will culminate in the Big Bang South East regional fair, at The Hawth, Crawley, on 5th July, part of the nationwide Big Bang Programme, the biggest single celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK, featuring hands-on workshops and innovative shows for students aged nine to 19.
The programme of fun activities will also provide the backdrop to the regional heats of the National Science & Engineering Competition, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of young people in STEM.
Businesses are being invited to become involved in Crawley STEMfest in a variety of ways, including providing stands at the Big Bang South East fair or sponsoring some of the many activities taking place during the festival.
Schools and colleges wishing to stage or take part in an event during STEMfest, or businesses who would like to become involved, can find out more by visiting the website.
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