2000 learners engaged in STEM in the West Midlands

2000 learners engaged in STEM in the West Midlands

#TBBWM2017 The Big Bang West Midlands Fair.

“The standard of projects and presentations has been extremely impressive”
Visitor on the day

“An absolutely fantastic day. The students were inspired by so many exciting things”

“Really impressive to see how enthusiastic all the students were. What a great experience for all. My daughter was part of the event with her schools STEM club and has gained a great deal of confidence from this experience”
Parent of student

STEM career advice and inspiration was again at its very best this year at The Big Bang West Midlands held at The Ricoh Arena on June 22nd 2017. From hands on exciting virtual reality experiences, journeys to infinity and learning how to take blood from a fake arm with medical experts, the day was packed full of STEM activity.

This year’s event was proudly sponsored by Coventry City Council with continued support from Exotic Zoo, Go4Set projects, Fuze coding, Festo and the IET. New to the event this year was Space Banbury bringing their Virtual Reality suite. An extremely large corn snake added to the day by engaging its young audience.

GO4set EDT succeeded in bringing 50+projects to this year’s event, with the highest number of schools participating to date. The winning entry from Stoke Studio College saw students producing a developed train station.

Big Bang WM 2017_Winners SM size

Workshops and shows wowed the crowds throughout the day with a balloon show from Come to my party which explored a Rube Goldberg –style mousetrap design. Exotic Zoo once again amazed us all with their really wild animal adventure show and Atomic Science blew us away with foam and steam flying vortexes. Workshops available for schools to book their pupils on throughout the day providing insight from leading STEM experts. University of Warwick ChemSoc Outreach provided a fascinating workshop exploring dry ice with bubbles, gas and volcanoes.

We were pleased to welcome University of Warwick bringing information on the regions STEM ambassador Hub for the West Midlands. The dedicated area of the event provided useful guidance and support for teachers to encourage STEM activities in schools.

The day ended with schools and students being recognised for their STEM project efforts with some lucky entries going on the be entered into next year’s 2017/2018 The Big Bang Competition.

If you would like to sponsor, attend or exhibit at next year’s Big Bang Fair please contact: 01827 316297

Special thanks go out to Arran Goodchild from Engineering UK and Coventry City Council for this year’s sponsor.

Images from the day can be seen here: