A NEW educational event aimed to inspire the next generation to take interest in science and technology is set to take place in Ulverston.

The Furness STEM show - incorporating UlverSTEM - will see a showcase of activities in a new two-day experience to be held at Furness College in Barrow.

The Furness STEM show, which will take place on May 24 and 25, is a new event for schools and for the public, organised by Furness Education & Skills Partnership (FESP) and sponsored by BAE Systems and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

It delivers a host of activities for primary age children to discover and be inspired by STEM subjects and activities.

UlverSTEM was Ulverston’s first STEM educational event for families with children aged between six and 16.

Organised by a group of local volunteers who previously hosted two successful events at the Coronation Hall, UlverSTEM presents an opportunity for young people and their families to discover and be excited about the prospect and opportunities that STEM subjects can offer in terms of education and a career.

26 organisations will be taking part in the interactive event including BAE, Oxley, Bender, GSK, Siemens Energy, and many other exciting technology companies.

There will be plenty of opportunities to engage, have fun and try your hand with different technologies.

Lancaster University will be bringing their awesome Planetarium and the organisers are delighted to once again welcome Professor Pumpernickel who will be running his unique demonstrations. The FESP & UlverSTEM team are expecting over 1,500 attendees over the two days.

The daytime sessions are prearranged for local schools, but the Tuesday evening community session is open to the public from 4.30pm until 7pm. 

To facilitate families accessing the event there will be a free bus running from Ulverston to Barrow and back, details of this can be found here: UlverSTEM – Furness Education and Skills Partnership (fesp.org.uk)

Dr Michael Jeschke, UlverSTEM planning team chairman, said: “We had such an overwhelming response to previous UlverSTEM events, we hope this event will be the same and we look forward to welcoming both schools and families to the exciting interactive event."

Janet Garner, principal of BAE Systems’ Submarines Academy for Skills and Knowledge, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Furness STEM show, promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths learning in our local area.

"We wish the event every success and hope it will inspire young people to equip themselves for the range of careers and opportunities available to them in Furness”.