First Swindon Science Festival a resounding success

By Ben Carey on 13 March, 2020

The recent inaugural Swindon Science Festival was a runaway success according to organisers.

Thousands of young people took part in workshops, talks and shows held at STEAM – the Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Oxford University, The James Dyson Foundation and Intel were among the top name exhibitors that dazzled Swindon’s youngsters with their hands-on demonstrations and real-life science experiments.

Festival organiser, Rod Hebden, said, “I don’t think a lot of kids growing up here in Swindon realise that they can work in the space industry.

“A lot of great things that Swindon has are not visible; they are not shouted about. The role of the Science Festival was to inspire young people and present them with options and I think we achieved just that.”

Ian Larrard, Director of Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative at Business West, the event’s main sponsor, added, “The Science Festival provided a platform to help raise aspirations and awareness of STEM career pathways amongst young people to help support the local economy.

“Getting young people engaged and excited by science, technology and engineering is a first step toward furthering the STEM agenda here in Swindon.”

The success of the Festival comes as the Government has identified Swindon as one of 12 towns and cities across the UK that will become home to an Institute of Technology.  Due to open their doors in 2021, Institutes of Technology will offer a distinct, technical educational offering at further and higher levels, working in partnership with local employers to meet their skills requirements.