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Science Comedy Launches Crawley STEMfest
Crawley STEMfest 2016, the biggest and most exciting event of the year for young people in the region, was launched at an evening of comedy on Manor Royal.
The launch event, that was MCd by Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID, featured comedy star Steve Cross, Headline Sponsor from CGG Jeremy Palmer and Angie Bines, an Aerospace Engineer for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
It was attended by senior managers from local business and industry as well as teachers and headteachers, and representatives of further and higher education.
The keynote speaker Angie described herself as the Accidental Engineer. Hers is an inspiring story of someone who left school to study art but soon realised it wasn't for her.
Like many young people, deciding what to do next was a daunting prospect so she began the next chapter of her life as an administrator for CAA in 2007.
Although not unhappy, Angie soon realised that she was still searching for a job that gave her a buzz. Engineering, it turned out, was that career.
With the encouragement from a supportive employer, she then embarked on an educational journey which saw her gain a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014.
Angie's enthusiasm was emphatic. She spoke eloquently about looking forward to going to work every day, about her role being varied, challenging and giving her the buzz she had been looking for. From inspiring stories of one kind, to the humorous anecdotes of another.
Steve Cross, a self-confessed science show-off, had the audience in stitches with his set that, among orang-utan stories, described how he gave comedic answers to the burning science questions in an online forum.
Questions such as what is the optimum coffee intake for successful scienceing??.....The answer being ALL OF IT! Of course!
As well as enjoying light-hearted moments, Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID and MC for the evening was also clear on the importance of Crawley STEMfest's aim to inspire local students to pursue STEM careers.
The launch of Crawley STEMfest is always an enjoyable event. It highlights the way in which STEM encapsulates the world we are living in and the challenges we face.
Those who pursue STEM careers can help to find solutions that make life easier and better for everyone, they have a real impact.The fifth annual Crawley STEMfest is organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM supportdepartment at the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and
Central Sussex College, and the headline sponsor is CGG, the world's leading geophysical company.
It is taking place in May and June and is expected to involve as many as 20,000 students. Crawley STEMfest culminates in the Big Bang Fair South East. A vibrant event with interactive workshops, shows and activities and displays.
This year approximately 8,000 students and teachers from all over the region will be attending on 29 June at the South of England Showground. It promises to be the biggest, most exciting event of the summer in the South East! For further information, contact STEM Sussex Project Manager Jo McKinney-Green, tel. 01273 641874 or email firstname.lastname@example.org