The Big Bang programme brings classroom learning to life for young people, celebrating their achievements and inspiring them to consider a future in STEM. It comprises The Big Bang Fair, The Big Bang Competition and Big Bang Near Me.
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for 7 to 19 year olds made possible thanks to the collaborative efforts and support of over 100 organisations.
A unique, award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive exhibits and careers information, The Fair takes place at the NEC, Birmingham each March. It brings classroom learning to life for young people, allows them to meet hundreds of scientists and engineers, to get hands-on with science and engineering and shows them where their STEM studies might lead in the future.
The Fair is free for schools and families to attend and regularly attracts 80,000 visitors and significant national media coverage.
The Fair hosts the finals of The Big Bang Competition, which recognises and rewards young people’s science and engineering project work and identifies the GSK UK Young Engineer and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year.
From a low-cost, flat-pack 3D printer; an app that helps people escape safely from fires to an investigation into new ways of separating ‘Mirror Image Molecules’, the science and engineering work carried out by these young people is quite simply awe-inspiring.
Previous winners have gone on to represent the UK in international competitions; to study STEM at the highest levels; to work in some of our biggest engineering companies; and to set up their own businesses.
With events taking place from as far north as the Isle of Skye, to Plymouth in the south, the Big Bang Near Me is a complementary programme involving some 900 organisations, that extends the reach of The Big Bang across the UK.
Using a framework that’s flexible to suit local needs, the Big Bang Near Me comprises regional events attracting up to 10,000 visitors and local Fairs welcoming around 2,000.
Teachers use the Big Bang @ School programme for single year groups, whole school events or as a way to engage their local community, including pupils from other schools and their families.
The Big Bang Near Me programme reaches over 170,000 young people each year.