Treasure hunt launched

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Defence electronics supplier Thales has launched a treasure hunt as part of its involvement with National Science & Engineering Week and this year’s Crawley STEMFest.

Henry Smith MP was a guest at the Manor Royal firm for the launch of the project which requires students in Year 9 to build a working metal detector.

JPCT 220313 STEM Fest launch. The Thales Treasure Hunt is an electronic engineering design challenge requiring Year 9 children to build a working metal detector. Henry Smith MPand Matthew Johnson from Thales with the metal detector. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 220313 STEM Fest launch. The Thales Treasure Hunt is an electronic engineering design challenge requiring Year 9 children to build a working metal detector. Henry Smith MPand Matthew Johnson from Thales with the metal detector. Photo by Derek Martin

The children will receive six weeks of after-school basic electronics sessions supported by the Thales team, culminating in school semi-finals and a final at the Crawley Regional Big Bang at the Hawth Theatre on July 2.

Henry said: “STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths and one of the things we need to do more is encourage our young people, through schools, to get involved in these subjects because the sort of employment opportunities that exist in Crawley and across the country are immense.

“And it’s something that’s obviously good for the local and national economy as well.”