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STEM Sussex

We are proud to work with STEM Sussex and many staff / volunteers at The Centre are STEM Sussex Ambassadors.

The Big Bang Fair South East 28th June 2017

It was lovely to meet so many of the 9,000 young people and teachers that participated in this fantastic event at the South of England showground, delivered by STEM Sussex.
The Big Bang South East is part of The Big Bang Near me, a programme of events which take place across the UK to enable young people to discover, close to home, the exciting and rewarding science and engineering careers that their science and maths subjects can lead to.

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Big Bang Fair @ The Observatory Science Centre

In 2014 and 2015 we were delighted to be the venue for a Big Bang Fair organised by STEM Sussex.

Each event was for KS3 students from schools across Sussex with the aim of raising awareness, improve perception and inspire young people to consider STEM careers.

Students had ample opportunity to talk with STEM ambassadors and local employers amidst the interactive exhibits at the science centre, and guided tours of the historic telescopes.

The Big Bang Fair South East

Crawley STEMfest is exciting and challenging. It makes STEM subjects fun and relevant, it nurtures the capacity for thinking “outside the box” and becoming truly innovative.

It takes place in schools and clubs throughout the community during May and June and presents an amazing opportunity for students, teachers, activity providers and companies to interact and celebrate STEM.

As part of STEMfest we took our fantastic new inflatable planetarium to several schools across the south east and we were proud to be involved in the main event on Tuesday 1st July when the festival culminated with the 2014 Big Bang Fair.

This was the single biggest celebration of STEM in the South East and took place at The South of England Showground with in excess of 5,000 young people aged 9 – 19 from across the south. It was a fun, action packed day presenting an excellent opportunity for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) community to come together to enthuse and inspire young people about college and university courses and careers in STEM.  The event also celebrated the achievements of young people through the regional heats of the National Science & Engineering Competition.

Everyone benefitted from an amazing array of exhibitors showing some of the latest innovations and, as STEM Ambassadors, we were proud to be involved and to have opportunity to offer our unique Spectacular Science!  

Through the day we invited everyone to answer a time question which obviously had to be answered in a limited time! On your 11th day of life you live your one millionth second. How old will you be when you live your one billionth second?
Several ‘mathematicians’ gave the correct answer, but the winner was James Linington who won a Family Ticket to The Observatory Science Centre.
The headline event sponsor for Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang South East is CGG, the world’s leading geophysical company. The events are organised by STEM Sussex, the outreach department of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College.