THE next generation of innovators, creators and problem solvers from across Wiltshire were in Salisbury this week for a special event. Primary school children attended Wiltshire Council’s Learning Resources Hub STEAM FAIR 2022.
The event is designed to inspire young people and attracted 1,200 youngsters and support staff to County Hall on Tuesday, November 8.
They were able to explore a wide variety of stands and exhibits from external providers and be inspired by curriculum-linked STEAM activities.
The event, organised by Wiltshire Council’s Learning Resources Hub, was supported by Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub and The James Dyson Foundation and followed two previous hugely successful STEAM Fairs held in 2018 and 2020.
Cllr Laura Mayes, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) influences nearly every part of our daily lives and is an area of industry set to grow rapidly in the future.
“Within this developing environment, where robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality will be the new reality, it is essential that more pupils, from a very young age, engage with and are excited by STEAM.
“This event supports Wiltshire Council’s commitment to ensuring that all young people get the best start in life but also our commitment to ensuring Wiltshire has a thriving local economy supported by a skilled workforce.
“I hope that the children and the teachers that attended had fun and were inspired by the possibilities and opportunities that studying science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics one up to them.”
The exhibitors at this year’s STEAM event were: Learning Resource Hub, Artbytes, Army, Discover Materials, EDF Energy, Energy Sparks, Graphic Science, Immersive Dome Experiences, National Highways, Oh Bots Ltd, PodPad Studios Ltd, Primary Science Teaching Trust, QinetiQ, QuestFriendz, RAF Brize Norton, REME Museum, Roche Court, Rolls Royce, SW Regional Crime Unit (Cyber Crime), Sirius Astronomy, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, The Arts Society, The Dyson Foundation, Wiltshire Air Ambulance.