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Shoppers enjoy science fair as part of Crawley STEMfest
Shoppers in Crawley were treated to a free science fair throughout May and June.
STEMfest is a celebration of science, technol- ogy, engineering and maths, which runs through- out May and June.
Visitors were encouraged by pupils and staff to have a go at fun experiments and interactive activ- ities, which included naming the bones on a life-sized skeleton; ‘mind-reading’ maths games; blood-pressure checking and advice; creepy crawlies under the microscope and some excellent optical illusions.
One of the most popular parts of the day was the regular ‘group experiment’ which took place every half hour.
Andy Cornall, curriculum area leader for science, demonstrated the dramatic results of mixing hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodine solution with a dash of washing-up liquid in an experiment known as ‘Elephant’s Toothpaste’ due to the large volume of dense foam which is produced during this violent reaction.
Another popular attraction was the life-sized Dalek, robot and remote controlled traffic cones.
Crawley MP Henry Smith took the opportunity to have his photo taken with the Doctor Who favourite, when he visited with his children.
Event organiser Sarah Dodwell said: “Now in its second year, Crawley STEMfest is a fantastic way to take STEM out into the community.
Victoria Lockwood, of Central Sussex College, said: “STEMfest 2013 was a very successful event and organisers were delighted with how the live demonstrations appealed to members of the pub- lic, who stopped what they were doing to get involved.
“Events like this really bring STEM sub- jects to life and help local people realise – whatever their age or background – that science, technology, engineering and maths are integral to modern living and vitally important for the future of the country.”
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