The sixth Big Bang Fair South East will be taking place on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at the South of England Showground.
The Big Bang Fair is an exciting, interactive event that’s loads of fun, but with serious careers messages underpinning it all. Students aged 9-19 can meet representatives from local employers and PEIs and see what a future career in STEM might look like. They’ll take part in a range of interactive workshops, shows and activities and get to try new things. See the video above from the 2016 event if you don’t know what to expect.
Schools, places are limited so book now to avoid missing out.
There will be at least 200 separate activities, shows and workshops at the Big Bang Fair South East 2017. Check them out below (many more still to be confirmed).
We still have some space for drop-in activity providers. If you would like to find out more about coming along, please email: email@example.com
Gatwick Airport Zone
Gatwick are delighted to be headline sponsors for the Big Bang Fair South East 2017. Our aim is to inform and inspire the next generation about the wide range of applications of STEM skills at the airport and the exciting career paths that Gatwick can offer. We would actively encourage all students to visit the dedicated Gatwick Airport zone supported by a wide range of Gatwick teams and various partner organisations and ‘Start their journey ‘to a world of opportunities.
CGG Activity Centre
Activities include using microscopes, viewing satellite images of the Earth, programming MineCraft on Raspberry-Pi computers, investigating rock properties, experimenting with energy waves using our ‘Sound-Bite’ machine and Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) vibration detector, play with 6m Jelly Bean machines and explore an interactive 3D cube of the Earth. A team of Geoscientists from CGG are there to help guide you through the activities, and explain how they are using this everyday science in their roles in industry.
From the Olympics to Water Parks
Engineering and environmental specialists, Atkins, have worked on large infrastructure projects such as Olympic parks, international airports and even water parks. Meet them to discuss their projects and how they love their work – and the routes into their careers.
The science of sound
See how speakers work and how sound is transferred through demos by Avensys and Bowers and Wilkins – and examine a stripped-back speaker.
Try your hand at electrical wiring with Clarkson Evans. See if you are accurate enough with a screwdriver to connect the correct wires and whether you’re fast enough to beat the clock.
Come clean with UV
Join in Crawley Borough Council’s hand-washing exercise using an ultra-violet light box to demonstrate the correct way to wash hands – an interactive promotion of public health and wellbeing.
Feel better, live longer
Interactive exercises that will help you live longer, feel better and do more with GSK. And make and take home your own virtual reality headset.
Take part in the slot car hill climb and have your photograph taken in the Formula Student racing car with the IMechE.
Lava lamps from the kitchen cupboard
The Institute of Physics show how to experiment with everyday objects, using kitchen cupboard supplies to make a lava lamp and marshmallows to explain why our ears pop in an aeroplane – cool, hands-on physics tricks.
Protect your ideas
Irwin Mitchell talk about current intellectual property cases involving brands and artists that everyone knows, illustrating the importance of protecting an idea. And they look at familiar real and fake brands and logos.
Come fly with me
Offering a unique flight simulation experience the PoDD, Portable Demonstration Device, is the product of L3 Commercial Training Solutions (CTS) engineering experience, innovation and state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) technology. Come and fly with L3!
Keeping the coast safe
Civil engineers from JT Mackley, specialists in coastal and fluvial construction, demonstrate their expertise in groundworks and support for major commercial, utilities and infrastructure developments.
Mott MacDonald will be providing an interactive display of renewable power generation technologies along with display of careers options available at Mott MacDonald
The speed of light
Measure the speed of light and learn how light and particle detectors made by Photek are used in applications that include space telescopes and aircraft missile warning systems.
The 3D world
Test-drive a 3D inventor workstation with Pyroban and see how products such as plastic injection mouldings and metal castings are made.
Take on the challenge of clean aerodynamics in the wind tunnel and suspension requirements in the Ocelot all-terrain simulation with multi-industry consultancy Ricardo.
Not sure what to do next with your STEM learning? Sussex Learning Network, in partnership with local universities and colleges, will provide careers information, advice and guidance on a one-to-one basis.
The sound of science
Visit the Sweetinburgh and Windsor stand and take part in experiments around the theme of sound.
TARGETcareers help young people aged 15 to 18 makes choices about their future by providing information and advice on the range of careers available.
Join the TEam
Visit the TE Connectivity stand for a range of activities that include the Wall of TE and the Contact Counter – with prizes to be won and knowledge about how you can become part of the TEam.
Stay safe and comfortable
Have you ever thought about how your school stays safe and comfortable? Come and talk to West Sussex County Council Building Services Apprentices and try out some of the equipment they use to ensure this happens.
The clockwork universe
Join musicians Being 747 on a riotous rampage through the history of science, from the ancient Greeks to the 21st century. Key concepts of physics come to life in an hour of music and song and a spectacular multimedia show.
Science magic … magic science
Science has been used in magic tricks through the ages, from Robert-Houdin’s use of electromagnetism to the simple “cut rope restored” trick – Do Science show how all magic can demonstrate a scientific principle.
It’s in the stars
Creative Space’s interactive planetarium looks at the chemistry of space through the life cycle of stars, and how elements from the periodic table are forged in the cores of stars and at the moment of death.
Flying without wings
Use science to make objects levitate. Fizz Pop Science shows how to make a rocket pop, fly and spin in a high-energy show based around air and how it interacts with flight.
Join this interactive theatre experience with Gatwick Airport. Enter their custom-built theatre, get your headsets and voting devices, and find out what it's like to be an engineer at one of the region's largest employers (15-20 minute sessions).
Build a bridge
Engineers transform the world around us, designing the environment(s) where we live and work and making sure we can get from A to B. Join engineers from Atkins and learn the essentials of structural engineering for the design and construction of bridges including testing to destruction.
Electric is the future
Discover the secrets behind the Tesla engine by building your own electric motor. Use common materials and a battery to build a simple version of an electric motor with Atkins.
It's not rocket science
How hard can landing a robot on Mars be? Find out with Atkins as you build and test a Mars Lander of your own by dropping it from a specified height.
Build an LED - coding and electronics
Build and control an LED using GPIO pins on a pi-topPROTO with CEED, and use a breadboard and cables to build a circuit.
Meet the “future you”
Take part in a session with Engineering UK and find out from scientists and engineers what you could be doing in 10 or 20 years’ time if you pursue your STEM studies – fun and informal sessions that help make the link between education and careers.
Join the National Space Academy's mega-class and take place in loads of interactive science-based experiments - that you can repeat at home using every-day items.
Finding a cure
Pfizer's product development, marketing and packaging functions present a multi-activity workshop that shows steps involved in finding, producing and transporting a new medicine.
Micro:bit Micro:bot Challenge!
Can you beat your friends to the finish line? Learn new coding skills with Science Oxford, by programming a robot buggy with Python, then work in teams to test and improve your program to reach the finish line in the quickest time.
Make a rubber-band roller and compare variables with Sphere Science – and take your roller home.
Solar energy rocks
Make and test circuits and swap the battery for a solar cell or two with Sphere Science – in bright sunshine or in the rain.
Use molecular biology
Find a fingerprint on a piece of glass and use the sample to set up a PCR experiment with the University of Reading – then use ready-made gels to match suspects’ DNA and identify the culprit.
Learning how to learn
Brain training games devised by the University of Reading, as well as models and images of the brain, help students understand the process of learning.
DO try this at home
Make spectroscopes in the University of Sussex/SEPnet workshop – and watch simple experiments that can be tried at home.
Build the tallest tower
Work in teams to build the tallest tower possible using cards, straw and other building supplies with Young Enterprise. Work to a budget to decide which equipment and materials are needed to start production.
Nursing animals back to health
Learn how Veterinary Physiotherapy uses a hands-on treatment approach to animals with a variety of health problems and helps rehabilitate them back to full function with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT).
Talk to the tree experts
Ever thought about a career working with trees? Experts from the Arboricultural Association are on hand to discuss the industry and careers in arboriculture.
STEM and the Arts
Learn how arts and culture interact with STEM with Artswork, which works with schools and cultural and STEM partners across the South East to create increased access to the arts for young people.
Volcanoes, bacteria and lava lamps
Assurity Consulting use a series of interactive scientific experiments to demonstrate the services they deliver to customers – including volcanoes, bacteria, lava lamps … and more.
Can YOU be a winner?
Visit the Big Bang Competition stand, meet some of the young people who have won top awards in previous years’ Big Bang Young Scientist and Young Engineer Competitions and find out how enjoyable trying to win an award can be.
How Bletchley Park helped win the war
Secrets of the Second World War Enigma machine are revealed by a team from the legendary code-breaking Bletchley Park.
Jockey for position
Test your riding skills on the British Racing School racehorse simulator – and find out how a job is guaranteed after completing the Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship in racehorse care.
Feel the pressure
Brooklands run a series of demonstrations to show airflow and air pressure moving over objects in flight.
Down on the farm
Get up close and personal with pigs, ponies and dairy cattle with Chichester College, Brinsbury. Or get hands-on with chainsaws and other equipment.
The lab in the garden
Design a garden space that demonstrates the underlying concepts of light, dimension, sensory perception, shape chemistry and colour with Chichester College, Brinsbury.
Pi and Scratch
Play with Raspberry Pi and Scratch, part of Code Club’s huge range of fun and exciting projects.
Find your way around Manor Royal
Play the Manor Royal Game with Crawley STEMfest, a partnership between the University of Brighton, Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College. Help scientists find their way around Manor Royal by answering STEM-related questions.
Turning waste into energy
Leading independent clean technology engineering company CTEC Energy demonstrate how domestic waste can be used to generate electricity and hot water with safe emissions, cleaner than the European standards.
At the cutting edge
Get an overview of engineering and cutting-edge science with Diamond Light Source, the national synchrotron light source, including exhibits and demonstrations.
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!
How to tame your tarantula
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.
Recycle and go low-tech
Exploring Senses’ Young Inventors’ Centre encourages young people to play, explore, design and make things from recycled materials, using low-tech hacksaws and glue and the latest digital noisy and wearable technologies.
Back to basis
Get a free back check with Family Chiropractic, a small West Sussex business serving East Grinstead and the surrounding area – and ask the experts for advice.
Primary schools in Surrey participated in the ‘little’ Big Bang @ University of Surrey in March. Winning projects from the GLF Young Scientists of the Year are on display.
Learn to Segway
Test your skill on a Segway in a fully-supervised one-to-one session with Goape.
Take the digger challenge
Hands-on experience of digger driving with Hadlow College – plus a chance to see tractors and other engines and equipment stripped down and ready to be re-assembled.
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.
Shine a light
Build your own mini-torch to keep with possibly the simplest-ever circuit using an LED, two batteries, plastic and stickers. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) also explore the media that transmit sound.
A career in business
The Institute of Directors (IoD) encourages young people to think about business and their future careers.
Create your own seed selfie
Be a seed scientist and create a seed selfie such as a sea bean smile or beech nut brows using Kew at Wakehurst’s selection of amazing seeds. Follow the seed banking process by identifying, cleaning and examining seed samples before they are frozen.
On an interactive stand promoting Discoverhealthcare, King’s Health Partners will have a healthcare scientist demonstrating the skills and roles of a healthcare professional.
Habitats of bees
Take part in the Learning Through Landscapes habitat fragmentation activity and discover the top pollinators in the UK. Can you keep bees flying between their habitats as they get smaller and further apart?
Prepare and install pipework with Lokring Southern. Kit yourself out in overalls, gloves and protective goggles to make the activity as realistic as possible.
Down to the sea
Opportunities for STEM careers in the Marine and Maritime sectors showcased by Marine South East – outlining the size and diversity of the sector.
Careers in medicine
Record and print an ECG, do a retina scan using an iPhone and look at other basic medical jobs with Medical Mavericks.
Ride Merrist Wood College’s Zip line and see how pulleys and engineering angles are calculated – and look over a cherry picker.
And the winner is …
The winners of the Mid Sussex Science Week project pass on the knowledge they learned about volcanoes and demonstrate their model.
Careers for all
Use the i-Pads provided by the National Careers Service to discover what careers are available to young people.
Maths on film
Interactive demos of the new smartphone game from National Numeracy, Star Dash Studios, which uses everyday maths puzzles on a film set.
The Dolls of Confusion
The National Physical Laboratory uses a variety of objects – Meissen track, deflating balloons, Pringles cans – to demonstrations principles such as expansion, gas to liquid and weight/mass deception.
Coming in to land
Play Stacks, a team game that simulates the job of air traffic controllers at a busy UK airport, with NATS (National Air Traffic Services). Learn how arrivals and departures in the London area are managed and how engineers manage complex problems such as high winds.
How banks work
Insight into a day in the life of a bank with NatWest – how the bank helps customers and how it can offer work experience to sixth form students.
Good drainage versus bad
Add water and see the implications of both good and bad drainage with Network Rail. A marble game will demonstrate train signalling and routing while a mock track set-up will show the interface between wheel and track.
Meet the boy and girl racers
See a Forumla Renault racing car with Team Northbrook Racing (TNR), the student-run team at Northbrook College. Talk to the stuedents who maintain and prepare the care for racing - and meet the professional who drives the car.
Living in a box
The Big Bang in a Box, from the Nuclear Institute, is an exciting and interactive way to learn about nuclear energy in the UK.
Why the oceans are important
Simple experiments and demonstrations by One World One Ocean show why the oceans are important to everyday life and how human activities cause sea levels to rise, degrade marine ecosystems and cause storms and floods.
Journey into space
The flight spare of the MSASI instrument designed and largely built by Photonic for the BepiColombo mission to Mercury gives a fascinating insight into space research.
Fight the ‘flu
Interactive displays by the Pirbright Institute include a touch screen, diagnostic model chicken and microscopes, examining insects and vector-borne diseases.
A career on the farm
Plumpton College show some of their cutting-edge agricultural programmes through a range of activities that include tree climbing, tree management and veterinary nursing.
The answer’s in the soil
Discover the importance of soil, soil health and soil organisms through interactive tasks, including building a wormery, with ProCam Rutherfords.
Do the fastest lap
State-of-the-art simulation equipment from Randstad Education, which works with schools in the region to provide staffing solutions, will let visitors experience “hot laps” and achieve the fastest time.
Take the IQ Challenge
The VEX IQ Challenge from Rapid Education gives students exciting, open-ended robots and research projects that enhance their STEM skills.
Program robots with your iPad
Program EV3 Mindstorms with Robogals – follow the robot course and program the robot on an iPad by trying coding for yourself.
Test your own designs
Experience civil engineering challenges by modelling and testing your own designs – sometimes to destruction – with Rochester Bridge Trust.
The technology tournament
Take part in Rotary’s Junior Technology tournament.
Reach for the sky
Skills for life are on offer with the Royal Air Force, policing our skies, protecting the UK from threats at home and peace-keeping abroad - full- and part-time roles, from providing humanitarian aid to preventing civil war.
Identify mystery smells and learn about their molecular structure with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Plus Mission Starlight – how do we protect astronauts from UV radiation?
A vet’s life
Try veterinary medicine, nursing and biological sciences skills with the Royal Veterinary College.
Reaching listeners worldwide
Discover how, using streaming technology, Runway Radio allows local services to reach global audiences far beyond the capabilities of traditional radio.
Videos and live demonstrations in physics, chemistry and biology by Science Rocks engage visitors at GCSE level.
Secrets of the deep
Sea Life Centre bring marine objects and just-learning facts about the oceans and how we can conserve them.
It’s a gas!
Understand the physics, mechanics, electronics and software of gas analysis with Servomex. Gases help keep food fresh but can harm the environment – interact with Servomex’s gas analysers and find out how.
Blacker than black
See Vanta Black, the dark material ever developed, at the SIGTA stand and talk about the STEM apprenticeships offered.
The sky at night
Discover the dark night skies with South Downs National Park. Try the “feely boxes,” take part in interactive telescope sessions and piece together the giant Dark Skies floor puzzle.
Controlling the traffic
Use electronics to create a traffic light sequence controlled by a microprocessor, including a pedestrian crossing, with Southampton Solent University.
Ground control to Major Tim …
Learn how the St Richard’s Amateur Radio Club (StAR) qualified to speak to people all over the world – and in space as they hosted the school’s link with Major Tim Peake on the International Space Station.
What's your opinion?
Tell us about your best experiences at Big Bang on the STEM Sussex feedback wall, with a chance to win prizes!
Up, up and away
Former students from St Richard’s Catholic College share the secrets of StRATOS, the project that launched a balloon into near space to capture stunning photographs – on a budget of £300.
As light as a feather
A closer look at the anatomy of feathers with a STEM Ambassador – including a selection of feather types under a microscope.
A climate for change
Meet the Sussex Green Living team of Pedro the Frog, Ronny the Recycled Robot and Landfill Larry, led by BBC Community Heroes 2015 green champion award-winner Carrie Cort – and learn how to create a climate for change.
The greenhouse effect
Tangmere Airfield Nurseries demonstrate how they control the climate of the greenhouse in response to external weather conditions, showing how wind, light and ventilation all affect the environment.
Tilgate Nature Centre discuss working with animals and the different careers available – and give visitors the opportunity of handling invertebrates and reptiles and joining in animal-related games.
Up, up and away
Helium balloons will soar over the UKSEDS stand, with demonstrations of rare space rocks, a rover built using 3D-printed parts and simple software, space food and a telescope.
Social media in the spotlight
The Student Social Media Showcase, from the University of Brighton (Business) will use a variety of student projects to show how social media is changing the world.
3D bikes and land-speed records
The University of Brighton (Engineering) demonstrates 3D printing of bikes, engineering of strong materials and land-speed records.
Evolution not revolution
The University of Brighton (Geology) will use replica skull casts and examples of European and African stone tools to help tell the story of human evolution, an interactive geological display where students can see how the species evolved.
What STEM careers are available?
Visit the University of Brighton (Information Services) stand and let their ST-3M Droid have a go at predicting your career, then take a photo of yourself in the role.
It’s a wonderful world
The wonderful world of nanomaterials and biomaterials highlighted by the University of Brighton (Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences), with demonstrations of their many interesting properties.
Build a tower
Build a display of paper towers with University of Brighton (Product Design) - and design a filter media, put it in sand and gravel and watch dirty water come out clean.
Use the augmented reality sand box, which allows users to create topography models by shaping sand, with the University of Brighton (SET).
Use technology to solve crime
The University of Central Lancashire’s EvoFIT system helps eyewitnesses to crime identify suspects by using technology to reproduce representations of their memory – whole faces rather than individual features.
Badges with senses
Printed electronics enable us to prints badges and labels that can sense the world around them – and the University of Kent gives students the opportunity of creating wireless tags using digital printers and upgrading a Victorian steam-powered factory.
The bee’s eyes
Experience a virtual garden through the eyes of a bee with the University of Sussex (Computer Science). Navigate through the bee’s world using a standard game controller, collecting virtual pollen from virtual flowers.
Sussex Pharmacy's Marvellous Medicines & Formulation of Health
University of Sussex Pharmacy showcases fantastic formulations and wellness checks; come and explore how medicines are made, get yourself a free health check and learn to make pellets, gels and identify the emulsion type under the microscope.
Maths can be fun
A series of short interactive maths demonstrations with the University of Sussex (Maths).
How hot is the Sun?
And how far away are the planets. The University of Sussex (Physics)/SEPnet use spectroscopes, planispheres and thermal cameras to answer these and other questions – with simple experiments that can be tried at home.
Experience pervasive interaction with games and interactive content using a Kinex and leap motion with the University of Westminster – and play various games using Oculus Rift.
Tackle the interactive Wordwall with Unionlearn and discover how trades unions play a part in supporting young people in the workplace and about your rights as an apprentice.
The NAO Robot is showcased by students from UTC@harbourside – as well as several VEX robots and much, much more.
Get under the bonnet
Go under the bonnet with GO Vauxhall Crawley, who regularly recruit factory-trained technicians and support the Vauxhall apprenticeship programme and its apprentice of the year competition.
Back to the future
Look at traditional building materials, where they come from and how they are used with Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Then try out building techniques and how they can be strengthened.
The world’s fastest electric motorbike
Visit the Weald Technology stand and see the electric off-road motorbike and learn about the world’s quickest electric motorcycle. A working demonstration of how electric-powered vehicles work and a chance to win prizes with the electric bike maths challenge.
Worthing College stage an interactive spectroscopy session, using both DNA and chemistry model kits.
How do birds fly?
Bird bones and real wings help WWT Arundel explain flight and how birds keep their weight down in order to be able to fly – and see how many times you can flap your own wings in two minutes!
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition aims to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.
The Big Bang Competition will create opportunities for more young people than ever to showcase their STEM projects and recognise and reward their achievements. It's open to all UK residents in full-time education or training (year group 7-13 and Scottish/NI equivalent).
You can enter the competition by taking part in The Big Bang Fair South East - click here to submit your project.
Many organisations support the Big Bang Fair South East, through sponsorship, in-kind partnership, or by providing educational STEM-related activities. Funding partners provide a vital role in supporting activities, enabling us to engage with thousands of young people throughout the South East.
We would like to thank our headline sponsors Gatwick Airport Limited. Gatwick Airport Limited is delighted to be sponsoring STEMfest and the Big Bang Fair South East. It’s great fun and a stimulating environment, bringing school topics to life, and it gets young people interested in science, technology, engineering and maths by illustrating how it’s translated into real life. It helps us to build two-way links with education to illustrate ways in which learning can be applied to the world of work.
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 9,500 individuals - teachers and students, professional bodies, Higher Education Institutions and Colleges, and professional STEM communicators -enabling them to establish connections and share ideas for their future workforce.
For more information on the opportunities available, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The organisers of the Big Bang Fair South East would like to thank all our current sponsors:
Lots more employers and other organisations, including FE and HE, will be supporting the Big Bang Fair South East. Please check out the '2017 Activities' tab above to see all those confirmed so far.
Enjoy the long weekend! Hope the sun shines on all your STEM endeavours!
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