Planning for and surviving a flood, including an escape route that involves a virtual journey into outer space, are just some of the activities children and families will experience as part of SMASHfestUK, a free festival that introduces STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and the Arts).
Now in its fourth year, SMASHfestUK will return to its roots in Deptford, London, over the half term holiday (February 12-16). A brainchild of academics from Middlesex University London, a Science Communication company (The Refinery) and the University of Greenwich, SMASHfestUK aims to help young people, and their families, from diverse backgrounds to learn about STEAM subjects in an accessible way through practical exercises and real life examples.
Co-founder Wyn Griffiths, Product Design/Product Design Engineering Programme Leader at Middlesex University London said:
“SMASHfestUK is a festival that we bring to young people and families who perhaps wouldn’t think that science, technology, engineering or maths or the arts are for them. We want to widen participation and build diversity in these subjects by demonstrating their relevance in everyday life. We create a compelling narrative that interweaves all these disciplines in a meaningful way. Deptford is no stranger to flooding, and so it is fitting that in its fourth year SMASHfestUK draws on the reality of the local environment to show young people how to plan for, and solve, problems that are relevant to them.”
Middlesex University’s Flood Hazard Research Centre, one of the oldest centers of its kind, has carried out research for the OECD, Thames Water, and the European Commission. The team will bring 15 of its international students to SMASHfestUK to share their knowledge with visitors on Friday, 16 February at Deptford’s Albany Theatre.
SMASHfestUK will run all week at the Deptford Lounge, and will also take over the Albany Theatre on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February.
There will also be a photo and interview opportunity for students, which will take place at the Albany Theatre, Deptford, London on 16 February 2018 by 11am.