DISCOVERY PARK GROWING LOCAL SKILLS FORCE TO CREATE THRIVING SCIENCE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE FUTURE
Sandwich, Kent, UK, March 4th 2019
Hundreds of children from secondary schools across Kent visited Discovery Park on Friday for a day of interactive STEM fun, with opportunities to get involved with experiments ranging from making medicines to amateur radio and electronics.
Organised by Kent and Medway STEM, the ‘Big Bang’ event involved big-named businesses such as EDF Energy, the University of Kent, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Engineers as well as a host of other companies and organisations.
The event encouraged children to get involved with real-life scientists and provided the opportunity for them to get truly excited about STEM education initatives.
From using an ultrasound machine to imaging the human body, coding challenges and analyzing blood samples, there were plenty of experiments to spark the imaginations of students.
Other activities included identifying medicines, 3D printing and gene analysis.
There were also many physical activities for the pupils to get involved with, including a series of challenges to test their agility, perception and speed.
Mayer Schreiber, CEO Discovery Park, said:
“We’ve been delighted to host another Big Bang event here at Discovery Park. It’s great to see so many children come onsite, at one of the UK’s leading science and business parks, and get so excited about STEM learning.
For us, events like these are key to growing the local skills force and creating a thriving science environment for the future. We want children to get engaged at a young age and then see them a few years down the line coming into Discovery Park as an apprentice or a young scientist at one of our scientific tenant companies. Events like the Big Bang help to set the foundation for skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime.
Putting on events like the Big Bang is part of the reason why we have recently been shortlisted for the ‘Most Successful Project Award’ by the United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) – recognizing our ongoing commitment to the tenant community and the impact that our education initiatives have on the local communities.”
Hellen Ward, Director of Kent and Medway STEM said:
“We are delighted to be hosting the Kent Big Bang at Discovery Park again- to inspire people we need to work together, challenge assumptions and think creatively. The fair has inspiration and excitement , and gives the message that science and maths subjects lead to great careers . Discovery Park is an inspirational place to show students what is possible with a STEM career.”
Exhibitors included the Royal Society of Biology (genes and epigenetics), Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) (radiography, robot technology), ARES UK (space industry), ERSOU Cyber Prevent (cyber security), the University of Kent (making medicines), The Hilderstone Radio Society (radio and electronics), the East Kent Hospital Universtiy Foundation Trust (health care science), CCCU Business School (money and STEM), CCCU Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (adult nursing), CCCU School of Allied and Public Health Professions (operating department practitioners), University of Kent (agility challenge), University of Greenwich Faculty of Engineering and Science, Sekisui Diagnostics (rapid tests), Costain Group (engineering), the Royal Engineers, Kent Mining Museum, Kent and Fire Rescue, Dreamland and EDF Energy.