Hosted by Royal Hospital School (RHS), the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) festival will offer students the chance to experience robots and recyclable drones, providing a day outside of the classroom that will be ‘more Star Wars than school lessons’.
Collaborating with the Royal Academy of Engineering, which has funded the event, RHS is opening its doors to any school which would like to attend the careers element of the day.
The interactive careers event will feature a host of STEM-focused organisations as well as teams from the NHS, the Police and the Armed Forces, who will all be demonstrating how STEM subjects work hand in hand to develop the skills required in their sphere of work.
STEMFEST is a fantastic opportunity for students ranging from Year 5-13 to come together and see what STEM has to offer
The Royal Institution, the UK’s leading organisation devoted to scientific education and research, will be also putting on two shows for students. Primary age children can also learn coding with Codey Rocky, a robot that combines hardware with software, allowing children to learn about programming whilst they play and create.
The event is the brainchild of RHS D&T teacher, Beverly Maloney, who has a passion for seeing STEM come alive. Following a mechanical engineering degree at UCL and studying at Goldsmiths, London to get her BAEd with Hons in design and technology, she became a teacher coordinator consultant for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Connecting STEM Teachers. She works to engage schools more and more with STEM and believes it can build students’ futures for the better.
Commenting on the event, Maloney said: “STEMFEST is a fantastic opportunity for students ranging from Year 5-13 to come together and see what STEM has to offer, engaging in interactive displays and embedding some of the learning that is going on in schools in the local area.
“Students will see how STEM can look for them now as well as in the future, capturing technologies that will change our world and how we see it.”
To find out more about Suffolk’s 2019 STEMFEST, email Sara Stewart at RHS: firstname.lastname@example.org