The date has been set for Peterborough’s first ever free Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival.
Organised by Digital People in Peterborough (DPiP), a non-profit community group, with support from Peterborough City Council and Allia Future Business Centre, the festival promises an engaging series of STEM activities, aimed at younger people and families.
The main event will be held on Saturday 1 October, 2016 at the Allia Future Business Centre, located behind the ABAX Stadium, in London Road.
Tia Lush, a festival organiser, said: “We want to inspire younger people to become tomorrow’s innovators in science, technology, engineering, and maths. We will be showing what’s new, unusual and surprising in STEM, and give participants the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience, and meet fantastic role models.”
Festival activities include:
- coding workshops
- interactive science experiments
- engineering and technology demonstrations
- inspirational talks and presentations from STEM enthusiasts and professionals
Contributors include organisations such as the Wellcome Genome Campus, and scientists such as Sarah Elmore from Culham Centre for Energy Fusion. Speakers will address a range subjects, from mathematics to astrophysics, to coding and spacecraft engineering.
There will also be a special appearance from Suw Charman-Anderson, Founder of Ada Lovelace Day, at a fringe event on 5th October. The debate night will be a chance to discuss the achievements of women in STEM and how we can engage and encourage more girls to take up a STEM career.
Tia added: “The festival will be free, accessible to everyone, and a lot of fun. There will be a special emphasis on celebrating women in STEM and encouraging girls to explore STEM subjects.
“We are also appealing to companies of all sizes in Peterborough to become involved and support this unique community event. Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels.”