Preparations are under way for the biggest, most exciting event of the summer for young people in the South East – the Big Bang Fair South East 2015 – and the event will be bigger and better than ever.
The Big Bang Fair South East will take place at the South of England Showground on 30th June. Part of the nationwide Big Bang Near Me programme, it is the biggest single celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK, and around 6,000 students and their teachers from across the region are expected to attend in 2015.
Visitors to the Big Bang Fair South East take part in a wide range of fun and exciting activities aimed at encouraging them to pursue further studies and careers in STEM disciplines.
Shows, hands-on demonstrations and interactive workshops are provided by regional and national companies and other organisations, including professional and scientific institutions, and universities and colleges.
And for the second time, a series of “little” Big Bangs will be held in schools and colleges across the region, the first of which will be at the Shoreham Airport campus of Northbrook College on 11th November and will involve Key Stage 3 students from Adur and Worthing.
Other confirmed events will take place in Didcot, Rye, Sevenoaks, Southampton, Mid-Sussex and the Isle of Wight.
The Big Bang South East programme is coordinated by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach support department at the University of Brighton. Headline sponsors for the past three years have been the world’s leading geophysical company CGG.
Project Manager Jo McKinney-Green said:
“Since it was first held in 2012 the Big Bang Fair South East has continued to grow, both in scale and in popularity. In 2014, in order to cope with increasing numbers, we moved to a larger venue, the South of England Showground at Ardingly, and over 5,000 people were there.
“We had 150 STEM-related activities, workshops and shows, and our feedback indicates that not only did over 98 per cent of students enjoy the activities, 100 per cent of teachers said they were relevant to the curriculum.
“The Big Bang Fair South East is playing an important part in helping to address the skills gap in science and engineering.”
For a flavour of what went on at the Big Bang South East 2014, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Qfs9KvZus&feature=youtu.be.