Twenty-two interactive exhibits will showcase the applications of maths, science and technical subjects to working in a theme park, among a wide range of other careers.
Activities on offer include:
Students from more than 70 schools are attending the Fair: the first schools event on this scale that Thorpe Park has programmed with a University. As well as demonstrations, the STEM Fair offers school students a great chance to speak to Middlesex professors and students about their ground-breaking work in areas including Robotics, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Sports and Exercise Science and many others. BBC presenter Brendan Walker, who is a Professor of Creative Industries at Middlesex and has designed rollercoasters at Thorpe Park, has been involved in the project. Following the fair, Thorpe Park is offering placements to Middlesex students studying STEM subjects.
James Chegwin, Brand Manager: Education & Trade at Thorpe Park said:
"Here at Thorpe Park Resort, science and engineering is everywhere! In partnership with Middlesex University, we are really excited to launch our very first STEM Fair that welcomes all schools that wish to inspire their students and educate them about hundreds of exciting and varied career paths – including many that are found here at the park. We’re looking forward to welcoming Middlesex’s own students to our team on work experience where they will find out how important the roles of our engineers are in making our business a successful one."
One pathway that students whose dream job is working in an amusement park might take is Middlesex University’s coursework-assessed Creative Technology MA/MSc. The course is deeply collaborative, enabling full use of the state-of-the-art broadcasting studios, digital image processing workshops and digital publishing suite in the University’s Art, Design and Media building, and focused on creating projects, including to real industry briefs.
Course Leader Magnus Moar said:
"Graduates from the MA/MSc in Creative Technology take a variety of career paths, from becoming entrepreneurs to games developers to academics. Career prospects are good upon graduation. Employers have included Sony, Accenture’s design consultancy Fjord, Verdant, VRGE, and the designer and engineer Moritz Waldemeyer .One of our recent graduates has appeared in Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 after winning an entrepreneurship award from Virgin and the British Council."
Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu, head of the Department of Design Engineering and Mathematics at Middlesex University, said:
"We are delighted to partner with Thorpe Park to deliver a superb event to nearly 2,000 students over two days to explore 22 interactive and fun activities, raising awareness about STEM subjects offered at Middlesex and the opportunity for internships and placements at Thorpe Park".