PATS Field Marquee,
388 Stag Hill,
On Wednesday 15 May 2019, Widening Participation & Outreach and HEON hosted a STEAM Festival for students from local schools in years 8 & 9. This event showcased different subject disciplines and their application within higher education and industry, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The day was run with morning and afternoon sessions.
Main attractions included a planetarium, courtesy of the Astronomy Roadshow, and McLaren talks, alongside live musical and drama performances by the University of Surrey’s very own Gospel Choir and Theatre Society, respectively. In addition, colleagues from Archives & Special Collections, the Library, the Physics department, the Civil Engineering department and the Vet School were representing and showcasing their work, as were a number of Students’ Union societies, such as MathSoc, ChemSoc, VetSoc, Equestrian Society, Debating Society, Surrey UNICEF and the Chinese Society. There were also interactive stands from The University for the Creative Arts and NESCOT featuring green screen technology and a robotic arm.
Year 8 & 9 students from Alderwood, Fernhill, Christs College, Hoe Valley, Collingwood, Thomas Knyvett College, and The Beacon attended the event.
Below is some of the great feedback and statistics we have received from STEAM Fest so far. It shows how valuable the event was in helping to inspire students and motivate them to work hard to get their GCSE’s.
85% students said they had a better understanding of the variety of courses they could study related to Science and the Arts
"Difference between different subjects and choices"
89% students said that the STEAM fair had given them an understanding of the choices available to them at university
"[knowledge] of different jobs that I can pick when I am older and what university to choose"
87% students said they felt confident to study at university in the future
"it’s made me think about going to Surrey University"
77% students said they felt more confident to make informed GCSE choices
"what I should pick for my GCSE and that many subjects are interesting"
88% students said they felt more motivated to try harder to achieve a good grade in their GCSEs
"Trying to achieve better grades"
88% students said they had a better understanding of the differences between school and university
"what university is about and what things you can do"
If you would like any further information about this type of event please contact us at HEON and we will be able to help.