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Creative Tech Festival


8 Feb / 9am-3:30pm / Ford Dunton


What future technologies will help us with the challenge of climate change?

  • How are green technologies moving the dial on climate change?
  • What kind of skills are involved in finding creative solutions to big problems?
  • What are the opportunities in Basildon?


 We've teamed up with the N&E Herts, Essex, Beds and MK Science Learning Partnership, part of STEM Learning to bring you a one-day conference for KS3 pupils and their teachers from schools across the Basildon area.

This summit will bring together local and national partners from across the education, research and the wider STEM sectors to enhance teacher and student understanding of the science and implications of climate change.

The aim of the summit is to highlight to young people and their teachers the challenges we face but also focus on what possible solutions there are and new future technologies that can help.


Thursday 8th February

9am - 3:30pm


Ford Motor Company Ltd
Dunton Campus
SS15 6EE


*** Please note this event can only be booked by teachers for groups of students

*** Fully booked. Waiting list only. ***


Yasmin Ali

Yasmin Ali


Yasmin Ali is a chemical engineer, dedicated to developing renewable energy projects.

Having worked in coal and gas fired power stations, oil and gas, district heating systems, and energy innovation, Yasmin transitioned away from fossil fuels into more sustainable energy systems over the course of her career.

In addition, Yasmin has given over a hundred talks about engineering and energy, written for the BBC and Metro, featured in TV and radio programmes and completed a British Science Association Media Fellowship with the BBC's Science Unit.

In recognition of her public engagement work, she has been awarded and shortlisted for multiple industry awards, including the 2020 Women’s Engineering Society’s top 50 female engineers in sustainability.


Workshops with

These 50 minute workshops will allow students some hands-on experience and a more in-depth focus on one aspect of the topic. Each workshop will have 20-25 students, and will be repeated 3 times during the day.

The workshops are not simply a talk - they will involve students 'doing/practical work/team work/debating', and not just "listening'.

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The use of drone technology to understand climate change (and some drone racing!).

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Learn about carbon cutting for a sustainable future with the climate team.

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Understanding the application of tech in agritech - with an interactive LED game.

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Lean Manufacturing Process.


CAD engineering and how 3d printing is used to prototype.



The summit will end with a chance for attendees to pose their questions to our panel of experts in the field.


Cllr Peter Schwier

Essex County Council's Climate Czar and Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling

Luke Wotton

Luke Wotton

Senior Design Engineer, CNH

Seamus McDermott Ford

Seamus McDermott

Chief Program Engineer - EV Commercial Vehicles, Ford Motor Company

About Peter Schwier
Peter Schwier has been a district councillor for six years and has since also been elected to Essex County Council - becoming the Council’s Climate Czar. Earlier this year he also became the Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling.
Climate action is a high priority for Essex County Council. This will involve many different initiatives, moving towards becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible.
By profession, Peter is a retired farmer with a degree in agriculture, giving him a close working relationship and understanding of the environment. He also has experience running a small engineering business. The experience of running small businesses and his rural knowledge are assets which will be of great assistance when applied to the larger needs of the County Council.
Peter has lived in both France and America where he gained a commercial pilots’ licence. He has always been interested in renewable energy and his house benefits from a large array of solar panels combined with battery technology.
About Luke Wotton

Luke is Chartered Engineer with over 9 years’ experience in Automotive and Agricultural Vehicle Design. Luke graduated from Brunel University in 2015 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent several years working at McLaren and Ford Motor Company, before joining CNH Industrial in 2018 to play a crucial role in the design of its New Holland T6.180 Methane Powered tractor, the world’s first 100% methane powered production tractor.

The tractor is key to completing the cycle of the Energy Independent Farm system. Farmers grow crops and use waste products to generate biomethane, which powers the tractor, which, in turn, helps to grow those very crops. CNH is leading the way in producing alternative propulsion products that provide the agricultural industry with real world solutions towards its goal of sustainability.

Luke currently works in the Alternative Fuels Engineering Team based in Basildon, focusing on developing alternative fuelled technology for its range of tractors, including the recently unveiled T7 LNG tractor, named one of the best inventions of 2023.



Bryanna Bone, The Drone Rules

Bryanna Clare

Divisional Director, The Drone Rules

Hannah Neal - Ground Control

Hannah Neal

Talent Acquisition Business Partner - Early Careers

About Bryanna Clare
Bryanna Clare is a luminary in the field of STEM careers education. As the head of TDR's Drone City, Bryanna integrates innovative technology with inspirational storytelling. Drone City’s books and curriculum nurture curiosity, imagination, and emotional intelligence in young people through the power of story.
Bryanna is deeply committed to raising aspirations in young people. Drone City showcases real careers and enterprises that are making a difference today. Her dedication to making STEM careers accessible to all is evident in Drone City’s initiatives, which include a series of research-backed picture books, interactive workshops, and an extensive offering free educational resources.
As the author of the Drone City: STEM careers curriculum and its accompanying picture books, her inspirational talks and powerful storytelling promise to bring insightful perspectives on the intersection of technology, education, and sustainability.
Bryanna Clare is from St. Catharines, Ontario, and now resides in Oxford, England.
Topics covered:
- Drone City defines the importance of *imagination and hope* in creating a better future.
- We showcase how advancements in drone technology are working in environmental conservation.
- We advocate for a balanced education of both mind and heart to inspire a greener, more harmonious world.
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About Hannah Neal

Hannah has worked within HR and more specifically Recruitment for the past 20 years across the Retail and Environmental Services sectors. She has always had a genuine interest in Early Careers recruitment and helping young people to get on the career ladder successfully.

She currently works for Ground Control within the Talent team and been responsible for launching a brand-new graduate operations management scheme over the past 2 years.

In her current role she also focuses on apprenticeships within horticulture and arboriculture and supports the Ground Control apprentices through their studies.


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About the organiser + partners

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always possible is an energetic company who use facilitation, design, curation, events, problem-solving, story-telling and research to help ambitious organisations shape the future. They help to join up the spaces between business innovation, skills, culture and place - and help organisations to define, measure and communicate their positive impact in the world.


STEM LEARNING's vision is for every young person in the UK to receive a world-leading STEM education. Their STEM Ambassador programme brings role models into schools, and they support teachers' professional development with training in STEM subjects.

STEMPOINT is an educational charity whose aim is is to inspire young people and encourage them to take up careers in STEM.

About the sponsor

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