UON brings The Big Bang Fair to Silverstone for 3rd year running
The University of Northampton brings The Big Bang to Silverstone Race track for the 3rd year running.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing, arguably our greatest scientific & technical endeavour! Fuelling young people with the possibilities a career in science has to offer, is the ethos of The University of Northampton’s Schools Engagement Team. Hence the drive and passion that goes into organising The Big Bang Event each year.
3000 young people attend
Brimming with demos, exciting hands on activities for budding scientists and creative thinkers– once again Northants @Silverstone Big Bang Fair event excelled at bringing the best of #STEAM to the region. In its third year, the event saw over 3000 people flood through the doors of Silverstone, the home of motorsport. Highlighting the subjects on offer for study at UON, the event provides a platform for teachers, pupils, home educators to engage in a whole host of experiences.
Funding and supporters
The event, jointly funded by NCOP through hefce (Higher Education Funding Council for England) drives the government initiative to educate young people in the current stream of upcoming careers. From apprenticeships to Higher Education options, The Big Bang programme platform, prides itself on providing employer engagement with pupils across the region. The Gatsby Benchmarks have raised the benchmark for implementing good career guidance, raising aspirations and capitalising on the bridging skills gap within industry. The Big Bang Near Me events link schools with real life career advice.
Shows and Workshops
Science communicators included Dallas Campbell, Simon Watt, Sarah Cosgriff and Atomic Science showcasing their incredible science knowledge; igniting questions and encouraging young minds to be curious about the wonders of the world. From rocket science, ugly animal genetics and plane aviation dynamics, these dynamic speakers provided shows throughout the day. Fuze Coding provided jam packed sessions throughout the whole day. Educating young people on how to code and inspiring them to create their own coding games.
Take a look at the programme produced for the day here
Check out the photos here
Immersive Experiences provided a galaxy of inspiration for young people to explore via a mobile planetarium. Thought of a career in car racing? Santa Pod Raceway exhibit is always a huge hit as Northampton is the home of European FIA Drag Racing, the fastest and loudest motorsport on earth. UON Arts, Science and Technology department provided insight into the world of recording, producing and composing in the DJ Hub.
Exhibitors supporting the event included:
Displays from industries in the region included Dr Martens, Arcadia, Mahle Powertrain and Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme to name only a few. The University of Northampton staff demonstrated over 12 different hands on activities for young people to explore study options.
Social Media Frenzy of activity
The estimated reach of the hashtag #TBBNorthants was: 69,388! Over 560 likes. Check out the twitter account here
We value the partnership that Learn by Design, The Big Bang team and Northampton Schools Engagement team have established since 2016 and we hope to support the event again in 2020. We’ll keep you posted on the next date.