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Peterborough to hold the second free STEM Festival

Following a very successful and well received event in 2016, Digital People in Peterborough and Allia Future Business Centre are delighted to announce another STEM festival for 2017. The main Festival day will be on Sunday 1st October with a dedicated School’s Day on Friday 29th September.

What

Peterborough’s second Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) festival encompasses a series of events during a week in October inspired by Ada Lovelace Day. The festival’s free-to-attend main event will be on Sunday 1st October 2017, with activities that will include coding workshops, interactive science experiments, engineering and technology demonstrations, inspirational talks and presentations from enthusiasts and professionals working in STEM. “There will be a special emphasis on celebrating Women in STEM and encouraging girls and young women to explore STEM subjects,” explains Jonathan Frascella, one of the festival’s organisers. “The events are free to attend and accessible to everyone with fun activities designed for young people, students, children of all ages, and families”.

Co-organiser, Andy Reedman continues “We will be working with teachers, educators and communicators, especially those in the STEM fields to supplement the curriculum in an engaging and fun way on our specially designed School’s Day on Friday 29th September. We also want to encourage involvement from families and other social community groups”.

Why

The mission of the festiival is to engage, inspire, and develop children and adults, and work with parents and educators to inspire today’s youth into becoming tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovators. In particular, we strive to encourage and highlight what’s new, unusual or surprising; to inspire by giving participants the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience; and to enhance interest by providing examples and introductions to role models.

 Facts from 2016

● The festival welcomed around 500 attendees through the door.

● On average visitors stayed for well over 2 hours.

● 10 talks from leading industry experts and leading female STEM Ambassadors took place.

● Two explosive Chain Reactions were built and set off by the Cambridge Science Centre and visitors.

● Over 50 minecraft challenges were completed by children of all ages.

● Three workshops providing different types of coding and development for all ages and abilities

● Youngest visitor was 8 months old and oldest visitor was over 80 years old! With families enjoying their STEM experience together.

● Exhibitors and sponsors included key STEM organisations in Peterborough, with contributions from Greater Peterborough UTC, Peterborough Regional College, Cityfibre, Perkins, PJ Care, and nationwide hosting provider Heart Internet.

● Over 40 volunteers of all ages and from different backgrounds worked to make the day a huge success.

Invitation for Sponsorship

The festival organisers are inviting all companies and businesses in Peterborough, regardless of size, to be involved and support this unique community event. Sponsorship opportunities at all levels are available for local Peterborough based companies as well as STEM related organisations. Please contact the organisers for more information. The festival is being organised by Digital People in Peterborough, a non-profit community group in partnership with Allia Future Business Centre and being supported by Peterborough City Council.

To find out more

Please visit the website www.peterboroughstemfestival.co.uk to subscribe to the mailing list to be the first to know when FREE entry tickets are released, find out more about planned activities and how to get involved. Email team@peterboroughstemfestival.co.uk for all other enquiries.