Peterborough STEM Festival 2016 Round-Up


Saturday October 1st saw us open the doors of the Allia Future Business Centre and host the first ever Peterborough STEM festival.

Our mission was to provide a day of fun activities to celebrate and to experience the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – a free event to attend, designed especially for families and young people.  Much to our delight we sold out of 600 tickets a few days before big day and we welcomed nearly 500 visitors through the doors on the day itself.

We had some fabulous contributions from some amazing companies such as Microsoft, Wellcome Genome Campus, Anglian Water and Cambridge Science Centre who provided a vast array of STEM based activities for everyone to take part in.

We very much appreciated too, the many people that came and offered demos and exhibits on the day. From retro gaming to 3D printing we were delighted to constantly see people taking interest at each all day.

We offered visitors the opportunity to meet some inspirational STEM heroes in the STEMettes workshop with two participants getting their hands on the Kindle Fire HD tablets. Congratulations to Melissa Q in the morning and in Anna K in the afternoon. Huge thanks to our wonderful panellists Katie Steckles, Samidha Anand, Tracey Goddard, Simon Holland, Anya Mostowyj, Greg Pounds and PJ Care for being our dedicated sponsor.

We also have to say a great big thank you to our roaming super-star speaker Katie Hassell, spacecraft engineer from Airbus for inspiring everyone she met. She also took time out to help judge our Minecraft challenge sessions, it’s not every day you can get a spacecraft engineer to judge your Minecraft rocket creation! What a lucky treat for our Minecraft builders.

Thank you to the speakers for coming a long way to join us. We had amazing variety of topics from the invisible universe, to making a star on earth to the latest news on the Rosetta mission.

We couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of our amazing and dedicated team of volunteers. They worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone had a great time! We couldn’t have asked for more.

The festival was free due to the generosity of our sponsors Cityfibre, Heart Internet, Peterborough Regional College, UCP and Perkins Engines who sponsored our smart t-shirts and lanyards. Special mention must go to our amazing festival app design and development by the talented team at Riselabs.

There are many people who supported us with their time and expertise, namely Gareth Jones at Allia, the City and Marketing team at Peterborough City Council, Tim Stewart for being our official photographer, Sul Leadbitter for taking over Minecraft at such short notice, Anna Morrish for the blog posts and content, David Ward for the press releases and last but not least the Peterborough Regional College Media department, especially Matt Edwards and his team of students who helped with the live streaming and the filming throughout the day. We can’t wait to see the results!

Here’s a small snippet of the day, you can see more on our gallery page.

We are going to take a short break to take stock of everything, but will be back soon with bigger and better plans for STEMFest 2017! If you would like to be involved, either as a volunteer, contributor or sponsor, we would love to hear from you.

Until then, keep being curious and keep spreading the STEM love.

Tia, Jonathan, and Andy.
Founders and Organisers of Peterborough STEM Festival and Digital People in Peterborough.