Inspiring Story: Basildon Street Science

Basildon Street Science participant

What is Basildon Street Science?

Basildon Street Science is a public event, delivered in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology. The event showcases science and engineering to the Basildon community by bringing together scientists, school STEM clubs and STEM businesses to engage people through hands-on activities.

Dr Hephzi Tagoe, a research scientist in dermatology and Director at GhScientific, organises Basildon Street Science in Basildon town square every year. The event has been well received by the local community and has grown each year since it was founded in 2016. GhScientific is a registered charity focused on making science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) accessible for everyone.

Basildon Street Science is a great event for the whole community to be involved in, with local companies showcasing their opportunities in STEM as well as young people from the community joining in as volunteers. There are activities in the library for primary school audiences as well as various career themed workshops for older children and young adults.

What is so special about a year of science + creativity?

“Science in itself is a creative art form and it is important that the two are seen as sides of the same coin. My work at GhScientific involves communicating and engaging the public with science through interactive media.

I was honestly overjoyed to hear about Essex 2020 as for a few years now I’ve been hoping for more interactive STEM engagement in the region across all levels.

It is my hope that a big STEAM programme like Essex 2020 will foster more art and science collaborations in the region, with this celebration continuing to grow for the collective good of the community.  I would like to see as many schools involved as possible so students can better connect the sciences and arts.”

Dr Hephzi Tagoe

What’s on?

Basildon Street Science festival has been cancelled for 2020 but will return in 2021 

Dr Hephzi is currently developing a digital version of her Let Off STEAM project for children in Basildon.

Can you collaborate?

Dr Tagoe would love to collaborate with community groups that want to engage their audience with hands-on interactive science. In particular, she is looking for scientists and performance groups who would like to develop a STEAM  story and perform at the 2021 Basildon Street Science festival.

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