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STEMtastic21

Around one hundred guest speakers talked to thousands of guests during a week-long celebration of science in Suffolk.

The event was called STEMtastic21 and was hosted by West Suffolk College as part of British Science Week.

This was the second anniversary of this occasion that aims to encourage people of all ages to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Organiser, Victoria Fiebelkorn, attracted big name speakers from across industry that included BT, CERN, Rolls Royce and celebrity guests included Marty Jopson from the BBC TV show called The One Show.

Victoria, said, “As a college and a society, I believe we have a responsibility to try and encourage new generations to seriously consider careers in STEM.

“Although we are based in Suffolk, because the sessions were online, it meant that we were able to reach a regional, national and on some occasions – a global audience. For example, we had a South African university involved in one of our events.”

She added, “All in all, we were delighted to have secured such a huge range of talented contributors. We are so grateful to everyone who took part.”

One of the speakers was Joanna Tomlin, a manufacturing engineer from Rolls Royce in Bristol. She said, “I was proud to give people an insight into engineering in aviation through inclusive, diverse and fun STEM activities. Inspiring others really helps to keep me motivated and restores my sense of pride for what I do. With the world always changing, I believe it is important that we encourage a variety of people to engage in the science and engineering that is shaping our societies.”

The writer and presenter, Simon Watt, was also involved in this event. He said, “Science is the best means we have of learning about life, the universe and everything. Students are naturally curious and science both needs and inspires that kind of curiosity.”

Watch over 100 workshops again on stem.wsc.ac.uk/stemtastic21