STEMfest launches with the silly and serious side of science

Published: 30 April 2019

Local students, teachers and Manor Royal employers officially launched the eighth Crawley STEMfest on the 4 April. It was an evening of learning about the latest technological innovations mixed with some silly science-based comedy!

The achievements of young scientists and engineers were celebrated. Students from Crawley College, Ifield Community College, Oriel High School and St Wilfrid’s Catholic School displayed projects they have been working on in school.

The keynote address was from Abhi Chacko, Head of IT Commercial and Innovation at Gatwick Airport Limited. Guests learned about future innovations at Gatwick, including robots that can park your car! The event was hosted at Harwoods Jaguar Land Rover and guests were also treated to the latest innovations in car manufacturing with a tour of the workshop and show room.

The evening ended with a big laugh as comedian, science presenter and biologist Simon Watt, took guests through a whirlwind comedic journey, showing us why the blobfish deserves more praise than the cute panda and his own journey from sandwich artist to science comedian.

Crawley STEMfest officially launched for 2019 on 2 April and will host a series of interactive workshops, shows, demonstrations and other activities in schools from now through to July. STEM in the Park, the large family event, takes place on Saturday 18th May in Memorial Gardens and at Crawley College. The 2019 festival culminates with the Big Bang Fair South East on 26th and 27th June, when hundreds of businesses and other organisations will provide a wide range of activities for an estimated 12,000 students and their teachers from across the region.

Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang Fair South East are organised by STEM Sussex, the outreach department of the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Crawley College. Headline sponsors are Gatwick Airport Ltd, while the Crawley STEMfest launch event was sponsored by Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID).

For further information, contact STEM Sussex on 01273 641874 or email us at

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