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Sussex Coast College Hastings opened its doors to 100 Hastings and St Leonards Academy students to take part in Tec 66.

The event was aimed at inspiring young people to get involved in Science and Engineering, and to demonstrate where a career in Science and Engineering could lead.

In the afternoon, Maggie Philbin, who has worked on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes, including presenting BBC Big Bang Theory, spoke to the pupils in an inspiring and influential manner.

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Jasmine Edwards (left) and Jodie Phillips building the winning robot at the Tec 66 event held at SCCH

The event at SCCH ran alongside the larger exhibition hosted at the Sussex Exchange Conference on the same day which Business In Hastings has been reporting on. The event is the first Vacuum and Technology Expo in Hastings, taking place in partnership with the Council, SeaChange Sussex and local employers.

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(Left to Right) Thomas Delves, Liam Walker, Reece Edwards and Liam Clarke excited by the Robot War battle

Ever since Hastings & Bexhill based John Logie Baird produced the world’s first television image, Hastings has been synonymous with high technology, innovation and invention. Hastings and East Sussex have established themselves as a global centre for high technology companies, and Tec 66 aimed to promote the many companies now based in the area, raising awareness of this thriving sector and featured a number of valuable industry expert workshops.

Lily-Mae White, a year 9 Hastings Academy Student, who attended the event at SCCH said ‘I had such a fun day and learnt a lot about engineering. My favourite part was the Robot Wars battle, it was really funny and we won prizes! ‘