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18th September, 2018

Two more award nominations for acclaimed STEAM outreach event SMASHFestUK


Middlesex University is in the frame for top awards for a festival it runs with two partners to inspire interest and widen participation in STEAM – science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts.

Times Higher Education Awards judges have nominated the trio – Middlesex, Greenwich and TV production company The Refinery – in the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community category for SMASHFest UK. The event has been held on an annual basis since 2015 in the Albany Theatre and Deptford Lounge and on tour around London and the UK, aimed at young people not previously engaged with science, and involving outside experts, performers and community partners.

Each year the focus is a different natural disaster – including Supervolcano, ASTEROID! and SOLAR STORM!: what impact it would have, how to survive it and how to rebuild society afterwards, with the help of interactive exhibits, installations and performances. Middlesex staff and students supervise and help young people explore scientific concepts.

SMASHFest’s 2018 programme, along with all project partners, has also been shortlisted for the Young Innovator – Engagement prize in The Engineer magazine’s Collaborate to Innovate awards, having won an award in the same category last year. In 2016, SMASHFest received an award for inventive outreach work from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

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