Peterborough STEM Festival is a FREE family event that aims to develop and encourage a love of STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Taking place at Kingsgate Conference Centre on October 12th, the festival will be exhibiting a range of science experiments, engineering activities, maths masterclasses and more tech than you can shake a stick at.
How did I get involved?
For those of you that don’t know, last year, I started doing a little bit of social media for the Peterborough STEM Festival.
What started out as the odd Instagram image here and there slowly became me doing more and more and I’m now one of the 4 organisers involved with the event.
On top of that, I’ve become so sucked in by the fascinating and ever-changing world of STEM and it’s importance and connection to everyday situations, that this blog is slowly taking a more STEM-focused direction. I’m now also a STEM Ambassador, and I’m the first-ever Brit-Mums STEM Roundup Editor too!
Volunteers and Sponsors
The thing with the Peterborough STEM Festival is that it is completely reliant on the passion of its volunteers and the generosity of its sponsors.
It doesn’t make a profit and it doesn’t pay us for our time.
The money it receives from its generous sponsors all goes into running it. Paying for the venue, marketing materials, talks and shows and so much more
Why is STEM Important?
The Peterborough STEM Festival is important for many reasons.
It gives children a chance to get hands-on with things that they might not otherwise be exposed to. It surrounds them with things that will intrigue them in a safe environment in which they can explore and its not just for the younger ones. It will give the teenagers a view to future STEM careers where they can ask questions and be exposed to positive role models in their favourite subjects.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
One of the core aims is to encourage more girls and young women to consider careers in STEM subjects, which the Festival team are proud to do as an official Ada Lovelace Day event.
So what can you expect to see at the Peterborough STEM Festival this year?
There are so many exhibits already signed up for this year with more being confirmed every day.
Upstairs we will have talks and shows from Dr Emily Grossman around her book ‘Brain-Fizzing Facts, Dr Sam Gregson and his show – Ministry of Sense: Hunting the Higgs, and find out why Pikachu’s face has more power than Sonic the Hedgehog’s back in a fascinating talk from Hazel Southwell.
We’ll also have resuscitation demonstrations, a hydraulic wave machine, a sand topography box that you can manipulate. You’ll be able to send code to the International Space Station, make rockets, play with magnetic slime and so much more!
Important information – What do you need to know?
Firstly, Peterborough STEM Festival takes place on Saturday 12th October at the Kingsgate Conference Centre.
Although it is a free event, you will still need to book tickets. Tickets are available from here.
The event opens at 10:30 with the last admission at 3:30.
Autism Hour tickets are available and these will allow you to enter the event from 9:30am
The venue address is Kingsgate Conference Centre, 2 Staplee Way, Parnwell, Peterborough PE1 4YT. It’s 10 mins from the train station in car/cab or accessible on the Number 4/Parnwell bus.
The venue is accessible to wheelchairs and prams. There are baby changing facilities and parking available.
A quiet room will also be available for anyone with additional needs or that might become overwhelmed and need a quiet space.
For more information, you can check the website or social media. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there!