Big Bang

We want to inspire and encourage all young people to discover exciting possibilities in STEM. The Big Bang mission is to showcase surprising possibilities and connect young people to inspiring role models in STEM.

The Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang Fair, the UK's biggest STEM event for young people is returning for 2024, taking place on 19 to 21 June at the NEC in Birmingham.

The Big Bang Fair invites tens of thousands of young people to take part in hands-on activities, careers panels and incredible shows. The Fair is possible thanks our funders and supporters and all the volunteers who help bring STEM careers to life for our young visitors, their teachers and parents. Over the 3 days, school students will get the opportunity to hear first-hand from exciting scientists and engineers and connect with inspiring career role models.

We evaluate The Big Bang Fair through surveys gathered at the event. In June 2023, over 2,400 students and nearly 300 teachers completed a survey about their experience at The Big Bang Fair and the benefits they feel they gained from participating. The findings from our evaluation are presented in the full report. For a summary of key findings, please see the infographic or executive summary below.

View the infographic

Download the Executive Summary

Download the full report


The Big Bang Competition

The Big Bang Competition recognises and rewards young people’s science and engineering project work and identifies the UK Young Engineer and 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.


Big Bang at School

Big Bang at School supports teachers to bring some Big Bang magic to their school and host an inspiring STEM day filled with amazing new activities.

Our evaluation of the 2022/23 academic year will be available spring 2024


Big Bang at Parliament

Big Bang at Parliament brings The Big Bang to the Houses of Parliament with Big Bang Competition entrants showcasing their projects to MPs and members of the House of Lords, alongside a host of example STEM activities.