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World of tomorrow on show at University’s Community Future Fest

Community Future Fest

FROM robots to a planetarium, elephant toothpaste to clouds in a cup, a family day devoted to science and technology is taking place at the University of Chichester’s Bognor Regis campus this weekend.

Community Future Fest runs from 10am and 3pm on Saturday 21 July. Organised by the University’s outreach and engagement team, visitors can expect a variety of interactive science displays and activities appropriate for all ages across four zones: space, technology, creative, and transport.

Highlights will include an indoor planetarium, stop-motion animation, robots and mechanical hands, green power, bottle rockets, building an operational torch, a science lab, and a show from the Royal Institution on energy. Many more activities will be available on the day.

Attendance is free but it is advisable to book a festival pass in advance at www.chi.ac.uk/futurefest. As part of the pass, each visitor will receive a passport they can get stamped at each activity.

Lesley-Anne Neville, Head of Outreach and College Engagement at the University, said: “Last year’s event was hugely popular and we were delighted with the number of people who attended. We are expecting community future fest to be even busier and are looking forward to meeting our visitors and getting them hands-on with science.”

Engineering and Digital Technology Park

The festival will take place next to the University’s new £35million Tech Park, due to open in the autumn of this year. The institution has developed its STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach programme in support of the landmark construction.

For engineering the space will combine purpose-built, state-of-the-art workshops, laboratories, and equipment with an innovative approach to engineering learning which takes on board input from the commercial sector – designed to produce well-rounded, creative engineers the meet current and future requirements of industry and beyond.

For digital technology it is an opportunity for the University to build on its international reputation in the world of film, animation, special effects, gaming, and supporting skills such as screenplay and score writing. The Park will bring together skills and expertise across both areas to create some ‘STEAM’ – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – with productive opportunities for regional businesses and their employees to get involved.

Visit Community Future Fest at the University of Chichester’s Bognor Regis campus, Upper Bognor Road, West Sussex, PO21 1HR. For more about the Tech Park go to steam.chi.ac.uk.