Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead – Harwell Science Campus Annual Family Fun Day 2017
Saturday 3rd June 2017 and we’re back on the Harwell Campus with our now annual Family Fun Day. This year we have re-branded the event to ‘Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead’ and alongside Bright Sparks Science and Bluestream Recruitment, we now have representatives from Chilton Village D-Day Festival helping us organise the event. Our brief is to celebrate local community links whilst inspiring our next generation with STEAM subjects.
Full STEAM ahead is an ideal opportunity to bring the whole community together, with the inspiring sciences of Harwell Campus alongside the heritage of Chilton Village, linking to the former World War Two airfield. The Fun Day is a non-profit event with proceeds going to Helen & Douglas House and to the Chilton Community Defibrillator Project. The date coincides with the annual Harwell Memorial Stone D-Day Commemoration Service, which is organised by the Royal British Legion, and will emphasize historical links and local heritage.
Our aim is to encourage families to investigate local companies that are world renowned for their subject and increase public awareness of the outstanding career opportunities on their doorstep. This is achieved by providing plenty of free hands on interactive activities and demonstrations to inspire children and young adults. Getting hands-on and minds-on is important for young people, to spark an interest in the world of Science and will help children to do much more than just learn.
This year’s event involved timed Dry Ice workshops for up to 30 children at 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm. A Microbes and Minibeasts; bugs v bugs exploratory tent! As well as the usual slime making and giant bubbles we also designed and provided Neptec with paper rockets to make and launch!
Why STEAM themed?
Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics play a key role in sustaining the growth and stability of the UK economy, and are a critical component to helping the UK in the future. With Harwell being one of the world’s largest and most important Science & Innovation Campuses, it’s the perfect location to demonstrate to the public how scientific concepts relate to their lives and the importance of STEM careers in the UK.
STEAM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into new aspect of our lives. Engineering helps the designs of roads and bridges become a reality, but also tackles the challenges of making our households more environmentally friendly. A is for the arts that create incredible architecture and graphic design. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.
Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEAM subjects. By exposing children to hands-on activities and giving them opportunities to explore STEAM-related concepts, it will help them to spark a passion for it and even inspire them to consider a career in a STEAM field, enabling the UK to develop the next generation of innovators.