Big Bang @ Parliament

Nov 7, 2018

Remember, remember... on 5 November (Guy Fawkes Day), EngineeringUK once again hosted Big Bang @ Parliament in celebration of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek18). Finalists in The Big Bang Competition from 11 schools around the country came to Parliament to showcase their amazing science and engineering projects to MPs, Peers and people from across the engineering community.

GSK, Network Rail and Thales, sponsors of The Big Bang Fair, attended the event with tasters of interactive STEM activities, including virtual reality headsets and some of the brilliant Big Bang Fair volunteers got attendees involved in making slime.

Parliamentarians including Nusrat Ghani, Minister for the Year of Engineering, Ian Lavery MP and David Tredinnick MP came to join in the celebrations. All of the MPs and Peers and other stakeholders who attended were hugely impressed with the young scientist's and young engineer's projects, their dedication and passion.

Anne Milton, the Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships gave an energising speech and Emily Xu and Bethan Padbury, last year's GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year and Senior Engineering Winner talked about their experiences since winning the Competition and gave inspiration to next year's young finalists in the room.

The event was kindly hosted by Stephen Metcalfe, Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee and Government Envoy for the Year of Engineering. Stephen's commitment to closing the STEM skills gap makes him a powerful advocate for the incredible work undertaken by all of the organisations working together as part of Tomorrow's Engineers and the Big Bang programmes.

You can see photos from the event on the Big Bang Flickr account

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek18) takes place from 5-9 November 2018 and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers and to inspire future engineers. www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek

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