The idea was so new that we had an unprecedented response from the community. However, we still wanted more. So I reached out to anyone and everyone I could think of with a foot in the world of STEM.
As a result, we ended up with a huge number of really amazing events including: NATS National Air Traffic Control, Robot Wars, Virtual Reality Headset Displays, Heart Start Thatcham, The Hovercraft Club of Great Britain, maths escape rooms, the Newbury Astronomical Society, XTRAC, the local dentist, and a life-sized Dalek! And so many others there isn’t space to mention. I should also mention the many other parent, teacher and student volunteers who were not running events but who came to serve on the barbecue, look after presenters, show people around, run the raffle and do all of the other small but essential jobs on the day.
We got a lot of amazing feedback on the event, with many parents agreeing it was the best that the school had ever run. In total, with the help of the RSC, we were able to raise £5694.49, which makes it one of the most profitable events at the school. All of the money will go towards STEM equipment and activities for the children moving forward. However, this is secondary to the fact that we had well over 1000 people attend the event and were able to promote STEM and British Science week to a large number of children and adults in the local area, who had not heard of it before.