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Sussex Schools team up to support interest in STEM

The event is attended by over 10,000 school children and their teachers

The Schools of Life Sciences and Engineering & Informatics will be sponsoring Big Bang South East 2019, a two day event showcasing the diversity of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) from across the region.

The free event, held at the South of England Showground, is attended by over 10,000 school children and their teachers from 187 local schools.

At the festival-style event, children will be provided with insight into the range of STEM subjects that are available, with the aim of inspiring them to continue studying STEM and later pursue careers in the sector.

Dr Katy Petherick, Public Engagement Coordinator, is coordinating Life Sciences activities. She said: “Big Bang South East is a fast-paced, energetic event with many excited school children and their teachers. To have the opportunity to sponsor the event and have a prominent area for demonstrations and activities cements the University of Sussex’s strength in the region as a significant STEM education provider and employer of STEM professionals.”

As sponsors, the Schools of Life Sciences and Engineering & Informatics will be running hands-on workshops and hosting table-top activities at the event. The workshops will be 45 minute sessions open for classes of up to 30 to sign up to. The table-top activities will be drop-in interactive stands that will feature on either day of the event.

Dr Elizabeth Rendon-Morales, Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, is overseeing the activities from Engineering & Informatics. She said: “As a School we are committed to demonstrating the possibilities that pursuing STEM opens up to young people. Amongst other activities, school children will be able to experience our student’s Mobil 1 Sussex racing car, Sussex Robogals, both of which are run by our student societies- and meet the Medical robotics team testing a robotic arm performing precision surgery, showcasing the engineers of the future.”

The Schools are currently looking for more volunteers to host activities and workshops for one or two days at the event. To register interest, contact Katy Petherick ( or Elizabeth Rendon-Morales (, who will provide more details.

By: Jessica Gowers
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2019