It's an exciting, interactive engineering and science event that’s getting bigger every year. Part of a nationwide programme, the Big Bang celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s achievements in science and engineering.
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The Big Bang Fair South East
More than 8,300 9-19 year olds and their teachers from across the region attended The Big Bang Fair South East in June 2016 and enjoyed a day of exciting and fun-filled shows, interactive displays and hands-on workshops all aimed at inspiring them to consider the varied opportunities and careers that studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects can open up to them.
You can see the list of shows, workshops and activities that were on offer in 2016 by looking at the activities tab above. The 2017 event will see some of these returning, but will have lots of new activities too!
Don’t forget to check out the competition tab above, to see how you can get recognised for your great project work.
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Take a look at photos from last year on our website... It’s a busy, interactive and inspiring event with exciting engineering workshops, hands-on activities, super science shows and much more!
There’s was loads going on at the Big Bang Fair South East 2016. We had more than 150 separate activities, shows and workshops – check out the list below. This is beng updated all the time, as more and more activities are confirmed.
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors.
Chocolate bars and jelly babies
CGG’s team of geoscientists uses a range of visual aids – including videos of worldwide operations, chocolate bars, jelly babies, mirrors and sand – to explain the mysteries of geology, rocks and reservoirs, physics, refraction and energy waves.
Crawley-based CGG are the world’s leading geophysical company, and are proud to be headline sponsors of the Big Bang Fair South East for the ffith year.
How clean are your hands?
Crawley Borough Council’s ultra violet light box shows the correct way to wash your hands in an interactive demonstration that promotes public health and wellbeing.
Guess the number of microbarrier beads and take part in the pipette race with Atkins as scientists demonstrate some of the projects on which they work – including sprayed-on skin cells and soft-tissue reconstruction.
Spark up your career
Visit the UK's leading electrical contractor, Clarkson Evans and try your hand at some basic wiring. Talk to current apprentices about what it’s really like to be an electrical apprentice - plus have a go at winning a free breakfast!
Feel the pressure with Doosan's pipe routing design conundrum! Race against the clock to construct a predetermined pipe system, testing your logic and manual dexterity.
A series of activities demonstrate what Edwards do – including crushing plastic bottles, stopping the sound of an alarm clock, expanding and deflating balloon and marshmallows and expanding shaving foam, all by using vacuums.
The precise cannon
Elekta invites you to try the “precise cannon,” knocking out the bad cancer cells while keeping healthy cells intact.
EMC Corporation, a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service, are hosting a game show called ‘Reality Bytes’. You can answer questions on cyber security, cloud and big data, and learn more about what they do.
Become an engineer
Have a go at Python programming on Eurotherm’s Raspberry Pi computer – and find out for yourself what it’s like to be an engineer.
Ready for departure?
IT specialists from Gatwick Airport demonstrate check-in technology and give visitors to their stand the chance to experience a real-time airfield view system.
Feel better live longer
GSK introduce interactive exercises that will help you do more, feel better and live longer - and help you to think and to learn.
First to the top
Test your driving skills with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and their slot car hill climb – and be photographed at the wheel of a Formula Student racing car.
An opportunity to design and build a self-supporting structure with Kier Construction – with a prize to the team whose creation is judged to be the best.
How’s your maths?
In the Kreston Reeves Maths Challenge teams must solve as many problems as they can, students taking it in turns to answer the questions – and there’s a prize for the highest-scoring team.
The pros and cons of renewables
Learn about the importance of renewable energy – and its limitations – with Mott MacDonald. Investigate how to make a model wind turbine as efficient as possible by changing the angle of its blades and generating as much energy as possible.
Look into space
Learn how light and particle detectors made by Photek are used in applications that include space telescopes, aircraft missile warning systems and physics experiments like those at CERN.
Life in 3D
Test-drive the 3D inventor workstation from Pyroban demonstrating 3D components and assemblies. Examples of manufactured products include plastic injection mouldings, metal castings and machined products. Visual images show the countries, environments and opportunities open to engineers.
Designed for the job
Multi-industry consultancy Ricardo design and develop a range of engineering solutions for modern clean vehicles and challenging environments the world over. Can you take on the challenge of clean aerodynamics in the wind tunnel and suspension requirements in the Ocelot all terrain simulation?
How high is the sky?
How hot is the Sun? How far away are the planets? Using spectroscopes, planispheres and thermal cameras, the SEPnet team answer these and other questions – and demonstrate simple experiments that can be tried at home.
See how sensors manufactured by Solartron Metrology here in West Sussex are used all over the world, including on the Bloodhound project, to measure accurately to less than 0.001mm, with reading rates as fast as every 250μs - and why there is a need to measure so accurately and fast.
Learn how important a role magnets play in research and industry with Tesla Engineering, who have been making magnets for particle physics research establishments worldwide for over 40 years – and who have an active and successful apprenticeship scheme.
Thales has a range of activities that are both exciting and innovative. Enter our code breaking competition to win a prize and try our other activities to solve, enjoy and ponder the world of Science and Technology.
Come along to our state of the art inflatable Dome and experiment with a variety of hands on Space activities. The University of Chichester invites you to explore what you can do with Space, Science and Tech! Visit us and get your ultimate Big Bang Experience!
Diverse STEM opportunities
WSCC is a major employer in the county and provides multiple STEM opportunities for young students. These opportunities are as diverse as the services that the council provides. Come and talk to our apprentices about their work, examine our thermal imaging camera along with an assortment of other STEM technology that they use, and get to know what it is really like to get paid as you train.
The shows and workshops (once your registration is confirmed, you’ll be sent a form to fill out to indicate your first and second preferences)
How to get a job
Build up your confidence at career interviews with 3aaa, working in groups to learn the best interview techniques and how to present your skills and experience in a CV – and learn about apprenticeships in technology, digital marketing and business administration.
Understanding more about careers
Careers, Aspiration, Employability and Alternative Routes – CXK’s interactive workshop will widen students’ understanding of selected popular careers, showing there are often more than one way to achieve a goal and how to navigate in a competitive labour market.
Science magic … magic science
Science has been used in conjuring tricks throughout the ages – or often just looks like magic. As Do Science demonstrate, from Robert-Houdin’s use of electromagnetism and frightening tricks with static to the simple “cut rope restored,” they can all demonstrate a principle, if it’s only looking in the right place at the right time.
Soar like an eagle
Meet Alaska the Bald Eagle from Eagle Heights Wildlife Park and learn how 150 million years of development have made birds superior flying machines to anything man can build – and find out what Alaska had for dinner yesterday!
Now press play
Bounce across the surface of Mars, shrink to the size of a particle or plunge into the digestive system. Our Experiences make science fun, relevant and exciting – all you need is imagination. Take part in the now>press>play experience and be transported to a world where you can explore science in a completely new way.
Science is fun
The Science Museum’s resident comedy team take you on an amazing interactive journey into the marvels of mathematics, what it is, how it works and how it helps us in our everyday lives – from winning games to the surprisingly complicated task of packing a bag.
What’s My Line?
Question STEM Ambassadors and representatives of local businesses with Science Oxford’s light-hearted quiz game and try and work out what people do.
Rolling along and solar cells
Make and keep a rubber-band roller and compare variables with others with Sphere Science. Or make and test circuits and swap the battery for a solar cell or two. Great fun in bright sun – but it works even in the rain!
A journey through time
Journey through the history of the Universe with UCL, from the distant origin of simple building blocks to the complexity of stars, planets, life and people.
Solve crime with biology
CSI comes to the Big Bang, courtesy of the University of Reading, who ask visitors to find a fingerprint on a piece of glass, take a swab and use it to set up a PCR experiment – and then examine ready-made gels to match suspects’ DNA to the sample to identify the perpetrator.
Reach for the stars
Take a look and space, the Earth and bioscience on film in the University of Portsmouth’s indoor planetarium.
The best of whales and dolphins
A journey through the best of Cetaceans with WhaleFest with facts and figures related to the National Curriculum. Get up close and personal with a life-size inflatable Orca and hands-on with a dolphin skull and whale’s teeth.
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The AJW Group is a multi-faceted organisation and a world leading specialist in the supply, exchange, repair and lease of commercial aircraft spare parts. Visit their stand to find out more about careers in this area.
Talk to the tree experts
Ever thought about a career working with trees? Experts from the Arboricultural Association will be on hand to discuss the industry and careers in arboriculture.
Running on sunlight
A unique and exciting project saw Ardingly College become the first school from outside Australia ever to enter the Solar Car Challenge. Ardingly Solar is an ambitious student-led project encompassing a wide variety of skills and academic areas with a team of 50 aiming for the ultimate goal of the Solar Car Challenge 2015.
Art for maths sake
Art Shake are inviting you to have a go at some easy mathematical experiments, totally interactive and fun, no boffins or lab coats needed (but welcome). Try your hand at Spirograph or create a skyline using pi. Use geometry to draw interesting shapes, or draw around your partner to work out how many times their head fits inside their body.
Fun for everyone
Why not join in? Students from Brighton Hove and Sussex 6th Form College (BHASVIC) provide a programme of spontaneous STEM-themed entertainment and activities for all to join in.
In the air – or on the ground
Experience life in the skies with the Army Air Corps flight simulator – or see which one of many ground-based roles best suit your skills and learn how you can become a sought-after valuable asset.
Why is water V-shaped?
Chemical Model Building get hands-on with BHASVIC and build some of the most important chemical molecules there are. Learn about the difference between wine and anti-freeze, discover why water is v-shaped – and let your imagination run riot as you design your own molecule.
Sprayed cells and soft tissue
By using a mannequin Blond McIndoe demonstrate some of the techniques they work on, including sprayed skin cells on babies, leg ulcers and soft tissue reconstruction – and you can take part in the pipette race or try and guess the number of microcarrier beads.
On the road and under the bonnet
Learn about the range of career opportunities for young people with BMW Retailer Network’s apprenticeship programmes, including light vehicle technician, motorcycle technician, bodyshop technician and customer service, all underpinned by nationally recognised qualifications.
Find out about careers in the NHS with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, and speak to biomedical scientists who carry out investigations on tissue and body fluid samples. Biomedical scientists usually work in laboratories in the areas of diagnosis, screening monitoring and research.
Black magic camera
Find out more about opportunities in the British film industry with Brighton Film School. Learn about cinema-standard HD Genesis and Black Magic Cinema cameras and the range of Film-making and Set Design HND courses, degree courses and summer school courses offered by the school.
Take part in the Brooklands Museum Racing Team Challenge and test your racing skills in the Formula One simulator – and then make your own model racing car.
Hands-on science and engineering
Come and get involved with Central Sussex College's hands-on activities. Whether it's looking for germs on your hands, naming the bones on a skeleton, exploring pneumatics or solving problems with electrical/electronic systems, we've got lots of experiments to leave you amazed and inspired.
Science in the garden
The garden is a living science laboratory. Chichester College Brinsbury’s champion garden designers take on the challenge of designing a space to demonstrate the underlying scientific concepts of light, dimension, sensory perception, shape, chemistry and colour. Students can design and modify the space to test their own concepts.
STEM and the game reserve
Safari Science, from Chichester College Brinsbury, showcases STEM aspects of managing an African game reserve. Learn how problem-solving and logical thinking are essential skills for conservation biologists and take part in an animal-tracking competition, handle African animals and discover how they are adapted for survival in their habitats.
The Chichester chainsaw demo
Chichester College Brinsbury demonstrate chainsaws, stool cutting for training and control and other practical skills related to wood.
Coding in schools
Come and see us on the Code Club stand: have a go with a micro:bit, play a game written in Scratch and find out more about what we do.
This is an ideal opportunity to see how Creative Assembly make games and for you to get involved! You will meet some of our very best game developers and ask lots of questions about how it all works.
High tech sports products
Decathlon Crawley will demonstrate the extensive range of high quality, innovative sports products, such as the Easybreath mask and the revolutionary Pop Up Tent. Take part in their competition with the child-friendly Soft Archery Set.
Shining a light
Diamond Light Source, the national synchrotron light source, give an overview of their engineering and cutting-edge science – including demonstrations and exhibits.
Up in the trees
Have a go at climbing a tree with Down to Earth Trees in a simple, closely supervised ascent – essential skills for botanical field research. Plus, ride the cherrypicker and take a chainsaw selfie.
Use telescopes to look at the sun in HA and white sun (if sunny) or a display of scopes and a big screen display (if cloudy). East Sussex Astronomical Society demonstrates astronomy in a practical way.
Up close and personal – with tarantulas
Get practical advice on feeding and breeding reptiles and insects – and tarantulas – from East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society (ESRAS), and learn about life in the wild and the environmental pressures faced by these creatures.
Get the wind up!
Design and construct a wind turbine mast to a specified brief with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) to ensure that the turbine, powered by the wind, will generate enough electricity to power the light in a model house.
Play, design and explore
Young Inventors Centre is a live pop-up miniature maker space hosted by Exploring Senses and supportive artists and makers. Play, explore, design and make things from recycled materials. Experience low-tech toy hacking with hacksaws and glue combined with the latest digital noisy and wearable technologies.
Become an expert on trees
Tree experts FA Bartletts demonstrate plant diagnostics and give visitors the chance to test their skills at hitting balloons with a water jet.
Pain in the back?
Family Chiropractic West Sussex is a small family-owned business offer free back checks, with a chiropractor available to answer questions and provide additional information.
Segway to go
Try your skill as a Segway rider with Goape – a fully supervised experience allowing young riders to navigate a circular course.
The digger driving challenge
Prospective students of Hadlow College can get hands-on experience of digger-driving – and get up close and personal with engines and equipment in a stripped-down state.
Big Bang’s “little bang”
Learn what happened when Holy Trinity School ran their own mini-Big Bang and Key Stage 3 students enjoyed a day of STEM-related workshops – analysing the beauty of celebrities using the golden ratio, making an LED-infused bakery with conductive dough and running a workshop where students made their own motors.
Huxley Banking and Finance are a recruitment partner to investment banking and financial service clients. Come and have a go at their interactive quiz on routes into work through STEM subjects, and find out about careers in the finance industry.
Taking the right direction
The IoD will be representing Sussex businesses and discussing future careers and the IoD’s support for the community in general.
Build your own Cartesian Diver with the Institute of Physics (IoP) and take it away to test at home. Find out how it is connected to the Victorian politician Samuel Plimsoll, and learn about the science of submarines and the effect of sailing from salt- to freshwater.
Building with newspaper
The Institution of Civil Engineering demonstrates the STIXX machine, which converts sheets of newspaper into solid rods with which life-sized structures can be built.
Carrying a torch for science
Build your own mini-torch to take away and keep with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - the simplest circuit ever uses an LED, two batteries, plastic and stickers. A table-top demonstration will also explore the media that transmit sound.
Seeds of growth
Be wowed by the amazing diversity of seeds with Kew at Wakehurst, and create your own seed selfie such as a sea bean smile or beech nut brows. Be a seed scientist and follow the seed-banking process in a series of activities using microscopes, freeze-dryers and x-ray machines.
The Lab in a lorry
The Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing from Kingston University, London, use their interactive “lab in a lorry” to show an extensive range of interactive science and engineering subject-specific activities.
The Biomedical Engineering department at King’s College London use medical robots to demonstrate how surgery is performed and demonstrate ultrasound imaging of the body, wireless devices to measure blood pressure and pulse rate and augmented reality technology to learn about body structure.
Do your own ECG
Record and print an ECG with Medical Mavericks, carry out a retina scan with an iPhone and try other basic medical tasks.
Give it a little zip!
View the rigging display and ride the pZip line, courtesy of Merrist Wood College. And take part in the white board exercise to calculate the angles and strength of the pulleys needed.
See the best projects from Haywards Heath Primary School students who competed in the Big Bang @ Mid-Sussex on 17th June. The event was the culmination of Mid Sussex Science Week and the students have been working on a project set for them by a local employer.
The National Archery in Schools Programme (NASP) explains the efficient science behind 21st century compound bows and dense, robust 3D foam targets.
Play the LNG Ship Game with National Grid.
The Dolls of Confusion
Young scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s national measurement institute, show how strange measurement can be, using the infamous Dolls of Confusion – and how exciting science can be using liquid nitrogen demonstrations.
Natural England’s marquee will contain a variety of equipment and exhibits enabling you to carry out investigations around the general theme of nature conservation.
Water v the railway
Learn about the drainage techniques used by Network Rail to combat unprecedented heavy rainfall in times of climate change.
Running the trains
Control a Lego model and find out whether Network Rail’s present or future signalling systems are better – and see how programming and computing make journeys safer, faster and more reliable.
Does a train need more than two parallel rails? Learn more about how the track has guided our locomotives for over 150 years with Network Rail. And win freebies for guessing the weight of track components.
Mind the gap
Go against fellow students and the clock to build an arch bridge with Network Rail – and win a prize for the best bridge. And try your luck with the Network Rail quiz.
Drones over the network
Find out what drones are currently doing for Network Rail – and what the future will be like with drones going where humans safely can’t.
Careers in the NHS
Visit the NHS stand where a representative from Health Education England, working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, can talk to you about how valuable STEM is for the many careers on offer in the NHS.
Pathology within the NHS
Visit the Surrey Pathology Services where you can find out more about the NHS. Try your hand at urine analysis (coloured water!), blood grouping, guess the object and hand hygiene.
Get it on the radio
Northbrook College show off one of the most comprehensive studio complexes in the South of England – with over 25 studios, air-conditioned performance spaces, pre- and post-production rooms and a sound and synthesis lab.
Meet the boy (and girl) racers
See a Formula Renault racing car with Team Northbrook Racing (TNR), the student-run team at Northbrook College. Talk to the students who maintain and prepare the car for racing – and meet the professional who drives the car.
The world in 3D
Explore the world of 3D printing with Northbrook College, leading into computing and CAD and drawing for business.
Know your radioactivity
How do you measure radiation in the home? The Nuclear Institute invites you to put sample everyday materials in order of their (very minimal) radioactivity levels – and understand how a nuclear reactor works using a virtual reactor simulator.
Have a look at some of the most up-to-date space-related equipment with the Observatory Science Centre.
Look after our oceans
One World One Ocean demonstrate why the oceans are so important to us every day with a project that links the global with the local. Discover how oceans moderate the climate and how human activities are causing sea levels to rise, degrading marine habitats and ecosystems and causing an increase in storms and flooding.
Help create interactive environments for the Oculus Rift with People in IT. Among the latest toys are Sphero BB8 and Sphero Darkside Ollie – and use animation, code and video to create.
Make a new medicine
Follow the steps to producing a new medicine with Pfizer – a multi-activity workshop based on a game that takes you through product development, marketing and packaging.
The Physiological Society helps explain which adaptations make some of the most athletically elite animals lift the heaviest, run the fastest and jump the highest.
Fighting the ‘flu
The Pirbright Institute’s Flu Fighter interactive stand includes a touch screen, diagnostic model chicken and microscopes, examining insects and vector-borne diseases.
Watch the Plumpton College tree-climbing demonstration, with touch targets, bells and aerial rescue demos. Plus, practical tree management and pruning skills for botanical field research.
Outdoor adventurous activity
Engage with technology through Memory Map and exciting 3d mapping software used in the outdoor industry. Then try to make a mountain out of Playdough with Plumpton College and be in to win a £20 gift voucher!
Becoming a vet nurse
Explore the career opportunities available in veterinary nursing with Plumpton College. Gain an overview of the pathways available in gaining the qualification, and the opportunities for progressing in this exciting profession.
Biomechanics of the horse
Head down to the Plumpton College area to see a lungeing demonstration showing the biomechanics of horse and rider. See the anatomical landmark points highlighted and learn about the important link between biomechanics and the influences that affect it.
Robotics and research challenges
Rapid Education’s VEX IQ Challenge gives students exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance STEM skills – and they can try the latest VEX IQ Challenge, Crossover!
Printing in 3D
Get hands-on and learn more about how Makerbot 3D printers work with Greenwich-based digital media and design college Ravensbourne.
Robots – and Lego
Learn more about sensors and motors using Lego Mindstorms kits at Robogals robotics workshop.
Protecting our skies
See how the Royal Air Force protects our skies from threats at home while peacekeeping abroad – and how its many roles range from providing humanitarian aid to prevent civil war.
The Army Game
Learn about Army careers working on everything from radios to tanks and helicopters with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). And look over the bomb disposal truck and the Cutlass EOD robot.
Solving logistics problems
The many roles of the Royal Logistics Corps are demonstrated with lifejackets, dive equipment, movement controller and premium lab testing kit – and the EOD team shows off the bomb disposal truck and Cutlass EOD robot.
Is your sunscreen working?
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s experiments check the effect of sunscreen on UV light. Take part in the “making magic sand” and “hydrogels global” experiments and enter your results online – activities that will get students talking.
It shouldn’t happen to a vet!
Test your veterinary medicine, nursing and biological sciences skills with the Royal Veterinary College.
Drones and robots
Drone manufacturers RPAS Aerospace introduce their new ground robot to demonstrate the concept of autonomous vehicles and vehicles guided by GPS satellites.
Runway Radio is a new breed of Radio Station. Embracing and utilising streaming technology it allows a local service to reach a global audience far beyond the capabilities of traditional radio.
The deep blue sea
Get hands on with marine objects and learn more about our oceans and how to conserve them with SeaLife Centre
Come fly with us
Use the Microsoft flight simulator – the most realistic commercial flight simulator ever – with SIGTA. Fly fun missions in a variety of aircraft.
Cutting edge science
Cymatics, as practised by Sound Vision Studio, displays the motion of sound, showing how energy such as wifi, light and energy in the body moves. Cutting edge touch-screen technology and an App are used to inspire in three major disciplines – science, art and medicine.
As part of its educational work, the South of England Agricultural Society is showcasing Countryside careers at the Big Bang Fair, offering young people the opportunity to gain an insight into the relation between STEM based subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Countryside Careers.
Controlling the traffic
Identify how traffic lights are controlled using electronics with Southampton Solent University. Implement a traffic light sequence, including a pedestrian crossing, controlled by a microprocessor.
Keeping our water clean
Find out how Southern Water’s treatment works operate in an interactive display – then quench your thirst with free water and get advice on keeping drains clear.
Secret history of the Downs
Use science and technology to investigate the secret history of the Downs and its dark night skies with the South Downs National Park.
Light as a feather
Take a closer look at different feather types with STEM Ambassadors. Hand-held lenses enable the anatomy of feathers to be studied under a microscope.
Up, up and away
Former students from St Richard's Catholic College share the secrets of StRATOS, the project which successfully launched a balloon into near space to capture stunning photographs of the curvature of the earth from 30km up - on a budget of just £300.
Meet Pedro the frog
Meet Pedro the South American red-eyed tree-climbing frog, plus his friends and enemies, on the Sussex Green Living stand. Play the food growing/shopping game, take the seed challenge and learn more about living in harmony with the natural world.
The Greenhouse Effect
Join Tangmere Airfield Nurseries and learn how the climate of the greenhouse is controlled in response to external weather conditions – and find out just how high-tech the horticulture industry really is.
Working with animals
Discuss the different careers possible working with animals with Tilgate Nature Centre. See the live animals, mainly invertebrates and reptiles, and take part in animal-related games.
Come fly with us
UKSEDS fly small helium balloons to demonstrate how high-altitude ballooning is carried out – as well as showing rare space rocks, demonstrating how to build a rover using 3D printer parts and simple software and how to use a telescope,
Learn with Unite
Have a go at the interactive Wordwall and find out our how trades unions support young people and equality at work with Unite.
Student Social Media Showcase
Find out how social media is changing the world through a showcase of student projects from the University of Brighton, Business School.
See how humans evolved in different environments. Bring your own rock and fossil samples to the University of Brighton (Geology) area and use the petrological microscopes to examine samples. Also, a display relating to human evolution includes nine replica skull casts and examples of European and African stone tools.
The wonderful world of nanomaterials
The University of Brighton School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (PABS) highlights the wonderful world of nano- and biomaterials with demonstrations of many of their interesting properties.
Oxygen from washing powder
Scientists from the University of Greenwich carry out kitchen chemistry, making oxygen from Vanish powder and demonstrating how you can write on thermo paper with your fingers.
On your bike
Engineers from the University of Greenwich pedal a bicycle to generate electricity, which is then linked to the amount everyday items use and to the amount of calories burned by the cyclist.
Defeat the evil SPECTRA
SPECTRA want to rule the world and only YOU can stop them. Find the secret code concealed in the electromagnetic spectrum with the University of Kent. Use technology to find clues in infrared and violet light, master radio control and communicate with microwave links to solve the puzzle – and by the end of the day you’ll understand how to see in the dark, read invisible ink and use radio waves to control mechanical devices.
Maths for fun!
Some problems are quite challenging, some are easy – but all can be fun, according to the University of Kent. Use your maths brain to tackle a variety of problems.
See like a bee
Join the University of Sussex (Computer Science) to see life as a bee sees it. A short video game using a virtual reality headset lets you experience bee-vision.
The DNA detectives
Decode the information stored in DNA using a hands-on puzzle provided by University of Sussex (Life Science).
Busking with Maths
Maths busking, a collection of short, interactive demonstrations and activities with the University of Sussex.
Ride the rollercoaster
Structurally engineer your own rollercoaster or bridge and learn about the dynamic forces that are at work with the University of West London (Engineering). Scientific approaches are explored to identify the many engineering variables built into rollercoaster inclined planes, loop systems and seven different types of bridge.
The great divide
The Oculus Rift is transforming gaming, film, entertainment and communication, and if you’re interested in next-generation virtual reality the University of West London (Computer Science) has the skills and expertise for you to develop your own portfolio.
Play with the Oculus Rift
Experience pervasive interaction with games and content using a Kinext and leap motion, with the University of Westminster.
The face of crime
EvoFIT is an important new tool for solving crime. The University of Winchester demonstrates how traditional identification methods are being replaced by new facial composite systems that work with whole faces rather than individual features – making it easier for people to recognise an unfamiliar face.
Students from UTC@harbourside will be showcasing the NAO Robot, in addition to a number of VEX robots and much more.
Vacuum chamber experiments
Take part in experiments using liquid nitrogen and a vacuum chamber with UHV technology specialists Vacgen.
GO Vauxhall Crawley employs only factory-trained technicians. Visit their stand and learn how you could get on the Vauxhall Apprenticeship programme, while seeing the state-of-the art technology involved in the new cars.
On you (electric) bike
Weald Technology demonstrate their world record-challenging electric motor-cycle – telling the story behind the bike and the challenge it faces.
Getting in a flap
Using bird bones and real wings, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Arundel looks at how birds keep their weight down in order to fly – ands challenges students to see how many times they can flap their wings in two minutes.
Uncommon, yet fantastic career
Find out what it’s like to be involved in planning and operating rail services and designing future railways, trains and stations. Ambassadors from Young Rail Professionals come from all walks of life, from engineers to operators, transport planners to financial analysts, project managers, train controllers… and more!
STEM Clubs or any enthusiastic students can bring along and showcase the great projects they’ve been working on.
They can talk to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) professionals from industry and academia about their work by entering the South East heats of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition.
As well as the Big Bang Competition, students are eligible for the South East Young Scientist(s) and Young Engineer(s) of the Year, STEM Club of the Year and approximately 20 subject-specific (eg. Physics, maths) or skills-related (eg. Communication, innovation) prizes sponsored by local employers.
The 2017 competition isn't open yet, but we will post more information when it is.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 competition.
Many organisations support the Big Bang Fair South East, through sponsorship, in-kind partnership, or by providing educational STEM-related activitiets. Funding partners provide a vital role in supporting activities, enabling us to engage with thousands of young people throughout the South East.
The Big Bang Fair South East takes place on 28th June 2017 at the South of England Showground, West Sussex, and is a STEM careers fair with a difference. It links South East employers with young people and aims to inspire them to study STEM subjectss and consider meaningful careers in and with STEM.
The Big Bang Fair South East provides a unique opportunity for businesses and organisations from across the South East region to network with like-minded individuals and connect with over 8,000 individuals – teachers and students, professional bodies, Higher Education Institutions and Colleges, and professional STEM communicators. This annual interactive engineering and science event is growing year on year and its continuing success depends entirely on the support of businesses, professional bodies and educational establishments.
YOUR involvement can make an important contribution to the continuing success of the Fair. YOUR participation will make the event bigger, better and even more inspirational for thousands of young people of tomorrow’s future. It truly is an exciting and challenging festival and it definitely gets young people engaged by seeing how STEM subjects can be fun and relevant whilst nurturing their capacity for ‘thinking outside the box’ and becoming truly innovative. To get involved, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org