Full STEM ahead for fun science expo

Spy codes, super powers and hi-tech crime-busting will be among the interactive attractions at a University of Derby science exhibition

Its free ‘STEMpunk’ event will be held from 4pm to 8pm on 18 March in the central Atrium at the University’s main Kedleston Road site in Derby, as part of National Science and Engineering Week (March 14 to 23).

The ‘STEMpunk’ name takes real STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and combines them with ‘steampunk’, a science-fiction genre which deals with fantastic or unusual technologies.

Visitors can come to the event dressed as their favourite superhero, learn how to operate a theatre lighting rig, produce a key fob with their own fingerprint on it, try out the latest in sports science technology and more.

The free event is principally aimed at 11 to 18-year-olds and their families but anyone is welcome to come along to the University demonstration. Booking a place to attend is advised, to avoid disappointment, which can be done through website www.derby.ac.uk/educationliaison/stempunk

Bev Reardon, schools and colleges liaison tutor for the University, and joint-organiser of its STEMpunk event, said: “Engaging young people’s interest in STEM subjects is vital for the UK economy but they can at first seem a bit dry.

“STEMpunk events give us the opportunity to demonstrate how stimulating and even fun science, technology, engineering and maths can be.”

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