Crawley is the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Britain, says BBC writer

Stemfest Launch 22/4/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150424-123917001

Stemfest Launch 22/4/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150424-123917001

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A comic writer said Crawley was the ‘Silicon Valley of Britain’ at a celebration of maths and science in town.

Co-writer for BBC1’s Not Going Out, Paul Kerensa compared the town to the world-famous technology hub at Crawley STEMfest 2015’s launch event.

The fourth annual festival will see talks and events promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in town until the Big Bang Fair South East on June 30.

Holy Trinity and Hazelwick School pupils showed off engineering projects at its launch in The Base, Virgin Atlantic, in Manor Royal.

Leaders in education and local businesses in STEM subjects attended.

Bronagh Liddicoat, head of STEM Sussex, said: “Crawley STEMfest is about enthusiasm, enjoyment and increasing their knowledge, by linking them with local employers, and showing them a range of future career paths.”

Professor Mandy Chessell CBE, the first woman to be awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said a visit from IBM to her school ignited her passion for technology.