Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) came alive at the Big Bang Fair @ Worthing College on Thursday 19th October.
Hundreds of young people had the opportunity to get an insight into careers and courses in science and engineering with an array of hands-on and interactive activities led by volunteer STEM Ambassadors from local companies and universities which included: GSK, Ricardo, Thales, Travel Places, HMRC Digital, GB Electronics, Northbrook MET, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chichester University, University of Sussex, Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics and STEM Sussex. Among the many attractions was a planetarium, a chemistry show, a wind tunnel and a helicopter simulator.
The fair also supported the launch of our new STEM Academy which was officially opened by Chris Coopey, President of the Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce. Chris opened the Academy with a keynote speech on why both national and local employers place such importance on the promotion of STEM subjects and he thanked all the companies and organisations in attendance for making the time to inspire and engage the next generation.
Julia Hoare, our Science Curriculum Manager, who headed up this event, said: “The STEM Academy is designed to provide both our own students and other young people in the local area with the best resources and opportunities in the STEM arena to encourage them to study and follow career paths in these disciplines. It was great to see our own students and staff involved in demonstrating their knowledge and enthusiasm for STEM subjects to secondary school children from St. Andrew’s, Chatsmore, Worthing High and Durrington.”
Paul Riley, Principal, said, “I’d like to thank every single person involved in making this event such an inspiring and fascinating way to put the spotlight on STEM subjects, courses and career options. The Governors and I believe the STEM Academy is going to create a real impact in broadening horizons and raising the aspirations of students in the local area.”