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Big Bang @ Dumfries and Galloway 2018

Easterbrook Hall
The Crichton Estate
Bankend Rd
Friday, 20 Apr 2018

An inspiring and exciting STEM event organised by ESP in association with The Crichton Trust, Food and Drink Federation Scotland and DYW Dumfries and Galloway

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Organiser: ESP


DYW Dumfries and Galloway in partnership with The Crichton Trust, ESP, Food and Drink Federation Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway College are hosting a Big Bang event for schools across the region and would like to invite your organisation to join us to inspire young people to  consider STEM related courses and careers.  

The Fair will highlight Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and will be an excellent opportunity for young people to experience a range of inspiring and exciting activities and for your company to engage with the next generation of engineers and scientists.

The fair will provide practical careers information, giving young people the opportunity to find out more about the broad spectrum of STEM related careers  available today.


Food and Drink Federation Scotland will show how science and engineering play a vital role in the food and drink industry through a fun interactive experiments. Explore the science behind jelly sweets and learn about sensory perception and it's role in product development. 

Lantra will be presenting as short seminar STEM:Farm to Fork as well as giving a virtual agricultural experience.

Have a go at virtual welding and test your head for heights on a Virtual wind turbine with Dumfries and Galloway College

Openreach  will tell you all about careers with Britain's digital network connecting homes and businesses across the country – large and small – to the world.

Love Food Hate Waste (Zero Waste Scotland) will demonstrate the different conditions that make food go off faster and how to limit waste by understanding these conditions better. 

The Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) - will be showing how the properties of soil link to what we can grow, using different soil testing activities.

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust will demonstrate how the human eye sees colour using colour light to make additive colour mixtures.

CITB will be highlighting the huge variety of careers available in construction through the virtual world showcasing GO Construct.

Learn more about a career in civil engineering through a series of activities from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

University of West of Scotland will demonstrate the use of immersive technologies in civil and construction engineering focusing on health and safety practices. 

Scottish Water will test your problem solving skills with the 'Pipeline Challenge' - see how well you can plan both a water supply network and the waste water supply network against the clock. Learn about the different treatment stages at a waste water treatment works through the 'Clean it up' arcade style game.

Learn more about careers in agriculture, farming and the food sector and available courses form SRUC.

Have a go at virtual welding and test your head for heights on the working at eights simulator with Dumfries and Galloway College.

Learn about apprenticeship opportunities with Arnold Clark and take part in their buzz-wire challenge.

Keep a look out for Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival who will be hosting a series of small science shows at the event.   

Test your skills with Natural Power's Wind Power Challenge.

Challenge Glasgow Science Centre's Lego Mindstorms Robots as they simulate driverless cars. Find out how driverless cars use sensors to safely navigate around our streets and how your skills match up against them.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase - Royal Society of Chemistry - 'Spectroscopy is the dominant force in Science' - learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the techniques in everyday use.

There will also be a range of local companies at the event that you can speak to and find out more about the many different STEM related careers available, including:

Cochran Ltd  - who are global specialists in manufacture and supply of industrial steam and hot water boilers based in Dumfries and Galloway. 

JAS  P Wilson will give an insight into careers in the forestry industry, have a go at the remote control model excavator and crane simulator.

Church Court Dental Practice will be demonstrating the science in dentistry through demonstrations including: Acid test, fluoride treated egg , light cured composites and how wax bites are used in forensics.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Enterprise will recreate a CCTV system and demonstrate the technology behind this.

BSW Timber will test your team working and communication skills with their Building Challenge.

Brown Brothers Ltd. - one of the leading independent manufacturers in the industry, producing and supplying an extensive range in quality cooked meats, including salmon, poultry, pre-sliced and whole joints of cooked meat, convenience foods and a variety of delicatessen items.

Also exhibiting at the event to answer any questions you may have on careers and courses will be Skills Development Scotland (SDS), The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and SCQF.