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Council announces sponsorship of Mid Sussex STEM Challenge

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) has announced it is continuing support for the Mid Sussex STEM Challenge.

The launch event was held in the MSDC Chamber on 13 October and was attended by students from local secondary schools, council cabinet members, Haywards Heath town Mayors, as well as and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex.

Councillor Ian Gibson, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy and Housing, said: “The Mid Sussex STEM challenge is a fantastic event and I am thrilled that we are able to support it for another year. STEM skills are in high demand across our district and so it is great to have the opportunity to support initiatives that inspire the next generation.”

This year nine secondary schools have submitted teams that will work to build a hovercraft. Each school is partnered with a STEM ambassador from a local business to help them put their STEM learning into context and bring them into the workplace.

Chairman of Haywards Heath Town Team, Ruth de Mierre, added: “Research shows that, in the South East, we’ll need at least 30,000 engineers a year; so, when our Haywards Heath Town Team heard of the skills required by many local companies we, with their support, set up our STEM Challenge to inspire our students with the diverse opportunities and excitement which could be their future.

“I am extremely grateful to the local businesses that are getting involved with this initiative as well as Mid Sussex District Council for its continued support because the students taking part are our future; not only for our economy but our environment and for our health.”

The challenge is organised by the Haywards Heath Town Team and this year local businesses supporting the initiative include Thales, Conti Engineering, Nuffield Hospital, and Balfour Beatty.

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