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
“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
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.