Coastal STEMfest, an interactive programme of events aiming to enthuse the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, will be taking place again in 2018!

The event hopes to encourage students to study and build careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, and develop the tools and techniques that will drive the economy of the future.

STEM subjects are especially important to the South East’s economy, with statistics by Tomorrow’s Engineers finding that 30% of South East enterprises are engineering industry-related (using a broad definition of engineering). This is believed to generate 34% of the region’s economy and employs 1,014,000 people.

However, with such demand, it’s important that young people – especially girls- study STEM to fill the 29,900 jobs with engineering skills required each year, between now and 2024.

Currently, only 22% of female students study physics at A-level, with 15% graduating from engineering and technology. Just 7% become engineering apprentices.

“Through interactive hands-on events and forging important links with key businesses in the STEM community, organisations (including the Coastal West Sussex Partnership) hope that Coastal STEMfest encourages more young people to take an interest in STEM subjects,” Coastal West Sussex Partnership director, Caroline Wood says.

“STEM subjects are so important to the local economy – that knowledge underpins jobs across a huge range of industry sectors essential for the coastal economy

“We welcome schools, parents and local businesses to get involved with Coastal STEMfest, which culminates in the Big Bang at Butlin’s, Bognor Regis on Thursday 8th March 2018.”

We’re currently looking for businesses and organisations to get involved with the Big Bang. So if you would like to inspire key stage 3 and 4 students to continue studying STEM subjects, discover career opportunities and identify the steps needed to reach their aspirations, with an activity, please do get in touch – it would be great to have you take part.


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