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The festival with a bang

Published 16 December 2011

A festival is being organised to inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Students aged nine to 19 will learn about the latest innovative developments, interface with industry and discover more about career paths.

Schools throughout the south-east are being invited to take part in Crawley STEMfest which will also provide teachers with opportunities to forge links with businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) community.

The event will culminate in the hosting of The Big Bang South East 2012 regional fair at The Hawth, Crawley, on Thursday, 5 July, 2012. The action-packed event will comprise shows and hands-on workshops designed to motivate and engage with young people interested in STEM.

The University of Brighton through STEM Sussex will be hosting Crawley STEMfest in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College.

Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, said: "This opportunity for young people and companies to forge links through further and higher education is an investment for the future that has my wholehearted support."

The fair will also incorporate the regional heats of the National Science and Engineering Competition, a celebration of the achievements and excellence of young people in STEM. Places will be available for students and STEM Clubs to showcase their work and present their projects for prizes and awards.

Outstanding team and individual projects in any field of STEM will be selected for The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair to be held in March in 2013. Young achievers from the regional heats, aged between 11 and 18, will be bought together to find national winners of this prestigious competition.

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