Stemfest invites Northamptonshire schools to experience real-world tech

Electronic company RS Components has launched its inaugural STEM event for local schools to experience the tech used in modern-day industry

Northamptonshire-based electronics company RS Components has organised a STEM event for local schools to get hands on with real-world industry tech.

The event, dubbed Stemfest, will run from Thursday 4–Saturday 6 July 2019 from 10:00–16:00, and aims to raise awareness of the part that STEM subjects and their subsequent skills have to play in engineering and tech careers. Stemfest is open to schools local to RS Components’ headquarters in Corby, Northamptonshire, including both primary and secondary demographics.

Stemfest has capacity for more than 600 students, holding workshops on various subjects, including understanding the minds of hackers, how to design a website, DrillArt, 3D printing and coding and robotics.

We want to engage with students as young as possible, to help combat the dwindling numbers of them pursuing STEM subjects beyond GCSE – particularly females.
– Laura Giddings, RS Components

Laura Giddings, STEM education manager at RS Northern Europe, says: “We want to engage with students as young as possible, to help combat the dwindling numbers of them pursuing STEM subjects beyond GCSE – particularly females.

“We’re delighted to host such a large number of local students, which will help us greatly in our mission. Titan II, our innovation truck, will also present at the event, so our colleagues and community can engage with the latest activities on board.”

RS’ STEM Impact report, released earlier this year, highlights a shift in perceptions around engineering, with 51% of 11–16-year-olds saying they would consider a career in engineering. 96% of teachers polled would also recommend engineering to their students.

More information about Stemfest is available on the Eventbrite page here.

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