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Coastal STEMfest

Coastal STEMfest aims to enthuse the next generation to study and build careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and to develop the tools and techniques needed to drive the economy of the future. It is promoted by a partnership of the Sussex Learning Network, Tomorrow’s Engineers, Coastal West Sussex Partnership, Coast 2 Capital LEP and STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach department at the University of Brighton.


Coastal STEMfest is taking place in February and March 2016 and includes demonstrations, workshops, shows and a careers day. Hundreds of young people are involved, along with their parents and teachers, employers and anyone who has an interest in, or works in STEM.


Get Involved:

  • Offer Site Visits to schools and young people
  • Attend the ‘Your Future’ Careers Day
  • Bring at activity to the Big Bang @ Butlin’s, Bognor Regis


If you would like to know more about Coastal STEMfest and how you can support us, please email CoastalSTEMfest@brighton.ac.uk , visit our website www.coastalstemfest.co.uk or telephone 01273 644178.



Crawley STEMfest

Crawley STEMfest is a series of interactive activities, workshops and demonstrations that take place in schools, companies and throughout the community during May and June each year. Crawley STEMfest helps enthuse the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to study and build careers in STEM, and to develop the tools and techniques to drive the economy of the future. The festival helps support local companies to connect with their future workforce, and to showcase their innovative business.


We would like to hear from Crawley companies who want to get involved. This could be through providing a careers talk in a local school, offering a site visit, or providing an activity at a public centre event or the Big Bang Fair South East. There are lots of ways to participate!


Crawley STEMfest is a partnership between the University of Brighton, Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College. For more information, please see www.crawleySTEMfest.co.uk or contact Jo McKinney-Green on 01273 641874 or CrawleySTEMfest@brighton.ac.uk



Big Bang Fair South East

The Big Bang Fair South East links local employers, education institutions and professional bodies with young people and their teachers in an exciting, hands-on day all about the varied careers options in and with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). If you haven’t heard of the Big Bang Fairs, or don’t know what they’re about, this video sums it up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LMJEv8l564


Last year, we had 7,300 young people (aged 9-19) participate, making us the biggest regional Fair in the country. There were more than 200 interactive activities, workshops and shows. And this year, we want to make it even bigger and better! The event is a great way to interact with local young people and their teachers, and of course, to help to inspire the next generation!


Employers are encouraged to submit an activity that showcases their innovative business. More information can be found at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/southeast or by emailing: Jo McKinney-Green, j.j.mckinney@brighton.ac.uk


There are fee waivers available for not-for-profits and sole traders. We also run ‘little’ Big Bangs throughout the year right across the South East of England, so there are lots of opportunities to get involved.


Register an activity here: https://brighton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/bbfse-activity-submission-form



Nuffield – recruiting employers

The Nuffield Foundation offer over 1,000 funded placements a year to UK students in Year 12 studying STEM subjects. Through the scheme, students get the opportunity to work alongside practising scientists, technologist, engineers and mathematicians in the workplace.


Who can act as a project provider?

Anyone working in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) role, who can offer a 4-6 week research or development project during the summer holidays (July/August) to a student at the end of their first year of further education (usually aged 17). STEM Sussex are the local coordinators, but it is a national scheme.


What are the benefits to the provider?

  • Developing your future workforce - the placements make a profound and lasting impact on a student's education and future career.
  • Development of teaching and mentoring skills - particularly useful for PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and staff looking to gain management experience.
  • Potential contributions to published papers or grant applications.
  • Contributing to pilot or side projects your staff struggle to find time for.
  • Demonstrating your company's commitment to public engagement and corporate social responsibility


Nuffield students will require supervision and guidance, but in return they will make a significant contribution to your organisation. Our students work to a high standard on a variety of projects, depending on the organisation and its priorities. For example, it could be a pilot project, or one that has been temporarily shelved due to lack of time, or a specific part of a larger project. It could be lab or field based, purely academic or development based (such as in engineering).


If you'd like to find out more or register interest, please email stemsussex@brighton.ac.uk



Why is the STEM Ambassador programme good for employers?

By supporting your employees' participation in the STEM Ambassador programme, you give them a brilliant opportunity to motivate young learners whilst developing their own communication, presentation and planning skills, and promoting your company to your local community.


How can my company get involved?

You can sign up any number of employees, from 1 to 1000! The only requirement is that they are interested in volunteering with young people, have some sort of background in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths, and are willing to take part in at least one activity a year. Your employees could be involved in mentoring, company visits, classroom support (talks or practical activities), or big events like the Big Bang Fair South East. We send out a newsletter to all ambassadors every fortnight which details our current school requests - or you can always offer your services if you'd like to do something specific!


What happens next?

All ambassadors must attend a short induction session and obtain a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check with us before they are considered an approved STEM Ambassador and can start volunteering. Volunteers can sign up at https://db.stemnet.org.uk/register/ambassador - or you can contact us at ambassadors@brighton.ac.uk if you have any questions!



Tomorrow's Engineers


Tomorrow's Engineers is a programme of co-ordinated schools outreach and careers inspiration, led by the engineering community.


Tomorrow’s Engineers seeks to create the next generation of engineers by helping young people from all backgrounds understand the variety, excitement and opportunity presented by a career in engineering. The aim is for everyone between 11 and 14 to have at least one engineering experience with an employer and for equal number of girls and boys to aspire to become engineers.


Companies that are part of the Tomorrow’s Engineers network use a range of different approaches:
• In-school workshops
• Industry visits
• Hands-on activities
• Engaging shows
• Curriculum-linked experience days
• Ambassador partnerships/mentoring
• Careers Fairs

The Tomorrow’s Engineers team can also provide support in developing your school engagement strategy and put you in touch with a range of delivery partners who can help you take your programme into schools.


For more information contact ontactBronagh Liddicoat CEng MICE, Employer Support Manager - b.liddicoat@brighton.ac.uk, 01273 642023 or visit the Tomorrow’s Engineers website: http://www.engineeringuk.com/Tomorrows-Engineers/



The Engineering Education Scheme

This EDT Programme which links teams of talented and motivated Year 12 (age 16/17) students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. The scheme runs from October to April each year.


The scheme provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.


What are the benefits for employers?

•Cost effective project solutions - By collaborating with students on your business projects, you are unlocking the potential to make financial savings from successful projects. EDT reported that 70% of the teams taking part in the scheme reported actual or potential financial benefit to the link company.​

•A fresh perspective - The students bring not only enthusiasm, but also a fresh perspective. Employers often feedback that students tackle problems objetively, without the 'baggage' of seasoned employees such as the limits of perceived budgetry constraints. ​

•An opportunity for high quality professional development for your engineers and scientists - The time dedicated to the scheme may well involve research and skill development in order to support the students. The work completed on the EES can also be used towards a chartership. It also goes without saying that the EES is a platform which enables you or your colleagues to develop mentoring and communication skills. In all, all participants are learning and developing. ​

•An opportunity to address recruitment issues - One way of tackling recruitment difficulties is to provide outreach. Through the Engineering Education Scheme (EES), your company has the opportunity to develop key skills directly in schools, helping develop a future talent pool.


To find out more, or get involved with the Engineering Education Scheme, please contact us stemsussex@brighton.ac.uk

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