The Sparks Series

Chesterfield College would like to invite you to a series of free talks designed to excite and inspire you about a range of topics from technology and engineering to the power of education.

Join us for one or all of the series of three talks taking place in the community and at college.

Places are free but booking is essential and tickets will be required for entry.

Click on the ‘Book now!’ links below each speaker to book or call us on 01246 500500 ext.1743


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Akala The power of education
10 October 2018, The Assembly Rooms, Market Square, Chesterfield, 2pm
The Sparks Series – Akala

Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. With an extensive global touring history, Akala has appeared at numerous festivals both in the UK and internationally, and has led innovative projects in the arts, education and music across South East Asia, Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. Akala has also appeared on Channel 4, ITV, MTV, Sky Arts and the BBC promoting his music and poetry, and speaking on wide-ranging subjects from music, race, youth engagement, British/African-Caribbean culture and the arts, with numerous online lectures and performances that have millions of views on YouTube. More recently known for his compelling lectures and journalism – he has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the Independent and spoken for the Oxford Union and TEDx.

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Simon Wheatcroft Making the impossible, possible.
14 November 2018, Chesterfield Library Theatre, 2pm
The Sparks Series – Simon Wheatcroft

What would you do if you lost your sight at the age of 17? For Simon Wheatcroft, it meant adapting available technology to achieve the impossible. By cleverly making use of technology, Simon learned not only to navigate everyday life, but also to run outdoors with only a smartphone app and his remaining senses as a guide. Seven months later, he ran his first ever race – an incredible 100 miles long. Since then, he has gone on to compete in ultra-marathons in the Namibian desert. He now works with leading technology companies to assist them to develop products which help others to go further than they ever imagined.

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Roma Agrawal
Moments that changed the world: The visionaries who invented something to create a lasting change.
12 December 2018, Heartspace at Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road, Chesterfield, 4pm
The Sparks Series – Roma Agrawal

Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer who builds BIG and is making it her mission to excite future generations about the importance of engineering. Known for her key role in the design of The Shard, she has left an indelible mark on London’s skyline and has become a well-respected advocate for engineering. She has worked with some of the biggest names in architecture to bring bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures into being. As a minority in her field, where she sits at the melding point between science and design, Roma’s experiences have inspired many others to pursue their dreams in STEM related careers.

The Sparks Series is funded by and is part of the DANCOP initiative.