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What is The Big Bang Near Me?

The Big Bang Near Me is a programme of regional and local Big Bang Fairs that take place all across the UK. Together with The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair and The Big Bang Competition, it forms part of the wider Big Bang programme, bringing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to life for young people.

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The Big Bang Near Me Fairs are full of hands-on activities, interactive workshops, exciting theatre shows and opportunities to talk to scientists and engineers from local and national companies all over the UK. All Fairs are free to attend, but you do need to book tickets in advance.

Some of The Fairs also host the regional heats of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition, the UK's top STEM competition for young people. Finalists get to display their projects at The Big Bang Fair each March.

The Big Bang @ School supports schools to deliver an event to excite pupils about STEM subjects and inspire them to consider science or engineering careers.

The UK needs many more scientists and engineers and equipping young people with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is key to their future employability. Students attending a Near Me Fair really enjoy themselves too – with nine out of ten rating the event they attended as “good” or “very good”.

More than 160,000 students and over 900 employers visited regional and local Fairs in 2017/18.

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What does a Near Me event look like and what could you expect to find at the fair?