The 11th Scarborough Science & Engineering Week will be a pioneering and spectacular totally-digital event to help overcome the restrictions of the Covid-19 virus.
A spectacular programme is being lined up for the 11th Scarborough Science & Engineering Week – as a totally-digital event for the first time.
The major showcase from 5-9 October will provide access to classroom video sessions and live interaction between thousands of students and leading businesses and organisations.
Last year the event was supported by 35 businesses for 3,487 young people and their families, with a record 41 schools from across the coast and beyond.
“We are determined to ensure that the Covid virus does not affect the success of an event which has attracted more than 33,300 young people over the past decade,” said Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Jo Ropner who is patron of Scarborough Science & Engineering Week.
“This very important event is supported by businesses and education providers for young people aged from four to nineteen, and is designed to show how science, technology, engineering and mathematics make a difference in the real world.
“It inspires students to consider the exciting opportunities that studying and working in those STEM subjects can open up to them.”
She said the event raises awareness for both young people and their families of the skills and attitudes that employers are looking for.
Mrs Ropner, who is also patron of the Scarborough Business Ambassadors, added: “I am pleased to confirm that there will also be a session for parents on the early evening of Monday October 5 to hear more about the event and the range of opportunities available.”
The showcase is supported by the North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP) and has become the widest platform of hi-tech businesses and manufacturers in the area.
It was started by Unison, the international and award-winning Scarborough engineering company.
All the usual exhibitors have come together to provide materials to support maintaining the visibility of the event during coronavirus.Some exhibitors have offered to provide a classroom session virtually – with speakers and Q&A panels, as well as impartial information sessions on apprenticeships.
Among the leading supporters is the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
A spokesman said: “We are delighted to again give our support to this event and especially this year which has seen such challenges for young people.
“It is crucial that we work together to show what brilliant and vital career opportunities exist in creating the engineers, designers, skilled apprentices and inspired trainees for tomorrow’s world.
“We need to reduce the skills gap and encourage growth and this event is one of many that helps towards that goal.”
There will be ‘live sessions’ during SSEW 2020 virtual week, with employers providing bespoke content to meet the needs of the schools.
Various channels will be used, including twitter, Instagram, Facebook Live, You Tube, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Go To Webinar and Google.
The virtual event will have the potential to reach a wider geographical audience engaging more schools from across York and North Yorkshire.
It will celebrate the contributions that employers and their apprentices have given to the event by showcasing how the event has impacted on young people and their career choices.
Also supporting the event are Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council and exhibitors McCain, GCHQ, Plaxton, DSE, CSV, Anglo-American, FANUC, AMRC, Bosch, Fisher, CLAAS, McClaren, F1 in Schools, Schneider, Third Energy, Flamingo Land, Deep Sea Electronics.