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West Suffolk College takes its annual STEMtastic Live! event online

West Suffolk College is holding a trailblazing virtual event open to all tomorrow, making it the first college in the country to do so.

It decided to hold its annual STEMtastic Live celebration of all things STEM (science, technology, engineering and innovation) online and open up free registration to all.

More than 1,400 people have already signed up to tune in.

Marty Jopson (38024787)
Marty Jopson (38024787)

The virtual event will see interactive exhibits from local companies and industries, workshops and high-impact shows – with a focus on highlighting the ‘hidden STEM’ in our everyday lives.

Marty Jopson, BBC’s The One Show’s resident scientist, will be delivering a live session on Invisible Words to launch the programme.

The day will then include 38 different sessions suitable at primary, secondary and post-16 and CPD level – ensuring there is something for everyone.

A number of industry leaders have signed up as exhibitors, including: BT, which has recorded a number of sessions; STEM Learning; Anglian Water; Rolls Royce; Treatt; EDF Energy; Cambridge University and Tech She Can.

Sessions include an interactive quiz called Universilly Challenged; Science Blast, which is a home workshop to make different types of slime with everyday items; while What Three Words will give an insight into a well-known GPS app.

Nadine Payne, the college's director of STEM partnerships, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support students, parents and teachers in this period of uncertainty and offer such a wide variety of activities for everyone to get involved in.

"This event is testament to the proactive approach of our staff, partner companies and STEM ambassadors who will be giving their time and resources to this day of STEM – for which we are extremely grateful.

"Our aim is that this will provide a lasting legacy of high-quality learning materials for our community and beyond.”

Tomorrow's is accessible for all. Some sessions will be live while others are pre-recorded.

More information – including the event programme, how to sign up for sessions and competition details – are available on the STEMtastic website: https://stem.wsc.ac.uk/stemtastic/

Anyone not able to tune in on the day can access the sessions through the website, where they will remain in order to create a lasting legacy.

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