Heads and lead science teachers from Mid Sussex primary schools last month attended the official launch of the Mid Sussex Science Week and the Big Bang @ Mid Sussex.
Business leaders from technology, engineering and construction companies also attended the launch which was held at the Building Heroes HQ in Cuckfield.
Each school is paired with a local company and the week will consist of a project involving the company and the children at the school with a fair at the end of the week in which participating schools and companies will present their projects and the winners will receive a prize.
The fair will be The Big Bang @ Mid Sussex, part of the Big Bang South East programme of events.
The Mid Sussex Science Week is the brainchild of local Councillor Pete Bradbury who said: “I wanted to inspire children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – the STEM subjects.
“We’re aware that not enough children, particularly girls, are engaged in STEM. The Science Week will enable children in years 5 and 6 to engage with technology, engineering and construction in a way that we hope will lead to more studying maths and science at A-level in due course.”
The keynote speaker at the launch was Sarah Wright, Principal of Central Sussex College, who said: “I am delighted to support this excellent initiative, STEM is all about making our students curious about the world around them”.
Other speakers included Bronagh Liddicoat from Brighton University and Head of STEM Sussex, who said: “It was a pleasure to support the launch, it had a great buzz about it and sets a very positive tone for the hard work to follow.
“We just wish there were more Petes to start similar ventures!”
The Mid Sussex Science Week will be from 8th -12th June 2015 with the Big Bang @ Mid Sussex Science Fair taking place on the Friday in Haywards Heath. For more information, visit www.midsussexscience.org
Report and picture contributed by Pete Bradbury.