Workshops & Shows

Big Bang East Midlands Workshops & Shows!

Are you attending The Big Bang East Midlands? Secure your school’s workshop and show places!

Headline Show – Dr Emily Grossman
Dr Emily is an internationally acclaimed science author, public speaker and TV personality. An expert in molecular biology and genetics, Emily also trained and worked as an actress and singer and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, writer, educator and trainer. 

Emily explains science for a wide range of TV and radio programmes, writes books and articles about science, and is best known as a resident science expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky1’s fact-based celebrity panel-show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.

She loves making science exciting and accessible by explaining complex concepts in a fun and engaging way, bringing simplicity and clarity to others.


‘Dr Emily’s Weird and Wonderful Science Facts’ (Audience – KS3)
Did you know that you can block a tickle? Or that we share 50% of our DNA with a banana? Would it surprise you to discover that snakes can bite you even when they’re dead? That cows with names produce more milk? Or that there’s a planet on which a day lasts longer than a year? And could it be possible that there’s an animal that does square poos? Or that we make better  decisions  when  we  need  a  wee?! In  this  fun  and interactive science quiz show, Emily explains some of the world’s weirdest science facts

Power Up with PALS Productions: (Audience – Year 1 to 6)
Set in the future ‘Power Up’ is an interactive game where the only chance for the public to have light and electricity is to win it. However, Earth’s vital resources are rapidly running out, we only have one last chance to save energy and stop the world from having a total black out. Join TV presenters (Mandy Megawatt and DJ Kilowatt) on their journey through time looking for answers as to why this international disaster has happened and to help them win back ALL of the power!

The Mousetrap Balloon Show (Audience KS2)
Balloons are used to construct a Rube Goldberg-style mousetrap intended to solve the problem of a runaway mouse. Lots of student volunteers are used to aid in the construction of this working machine and the audience’s eagerness to set their trap in motion make this an enjoyable show or science assembly for everyone involved! Simple mechanisms including levers, pulleys, inclined planes, and screws are part of the Primary Science National Curriculum. As well as providing fun and entertainment, The Mouse Trap Balloon Show introduces or reinforces concepts about the nature and structure of simple machines and the knowledge of how machines work – all using the fun and captivating medium of BALLOONS!

Atomic Science:  ‘Hair, Air & Water’ (Audience – Year 4-8)
Ever wonder how a plane stays in the air or how a rocket fuel tank works?  This show will blow away these questions and many more about how we move around our planet and the science we use every day to do it. This show comes with guaranteed learning, laughing and lots of audience participation…. Also the occasional shout!

Talking Apprenticeships with E.ON (Audience – Year 9-13)
E.ON is amongst many companies to offer apprenticeships to people aged 16 years and over, across a variety of different job roles.  But what do pupils really know about apprenticeships and how to become an apprentice? Well E.ON is here to help.

E.ON will be hosting an Apprentice Question Time, a Q & A style session with panel of current E.ON apprentices.  In this 45-minute session, students will have the opportunity to put their questions to the panel and to find out anything they’ve ever wondered about apprenticeships. We’d encourage pupils to come along with the question that they’ve been desperate to know about being an apprentice.

Example questions could include:
What actually is an apprenticeship? What’s the best route to follow to get on to an apprenticeship? How much will I get paid? How long do they last? What qualifications will I get at the end of it?


FUZE Coding: Real Coding (Audience – Year 4-9)
“FUZE transitions between visual coding environments like Scratch, and real-world programming languages like Python. While the sessions speed by, an impressive amount of learning takes place. They’re loud, buzzing with excitement and filled with “wows”, “oohs” and “Ms / Sir, check this out!”

Medical Mavericks: Careers in Health (Audience – Year 5-9)
Hands on workshop where you can take blood, record and print an ECG, try keyhole surgery, see inside your body with an ultrasound machine and take a picture of the inside of your eye! Introduces dozens of careers in the NHS to your students!

Fossil detectives: Reconstructing past environment (Audience – Year 5-11)
The Earth has seen many changes in its animal and plant life over the last four and a half billion years, from extensive warm tropical oceans to blistering deserts. As geologists, we need to be detectives to piece together the clues about how these ancient animals lived and adapted to these changing environments. In this session, we’re going to bring out a number of fossils and work together to see if we can figure out what they are, how and where they lived, and what they ate, giving us a glimpse back into Earth’s ancient history.

Architecture: Designing a Lighthouse (Audience – Year 5-11)
Students will be given the parameters of how an architect would think about creative ways to design a new building. They will be introduced to the brief: designing a lighthouse. They will be given paper and pencils to create their design, followed by cardboard, scissors and glue to build their creation.

Ping, pop, pow…a fun look at the science of ballistics (Audience – Year 5-11)
A workshop looking at the science of ballistics using a variety of suitable materials.

Ditch the Dirt with Practical Action (Audience – Year 3 to 9)
This workshop will introduce students to how science and technology is improving the lives of people in poverty all around the world with smart innovation. Focussing on the issue of access to drinking water and using Practical Action’s popular Ditch the Dirt STEM challenge the workshop will enable students to investigate ways of making dirty water cleaner through sieving and filtering.