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A wave of STEM energy fuels The Big Bang East Midlands Fair 2018

The Big Bang East Midlands: Bringing science, technology, engineering and maths to life for young people. 

Schools from across the East Midlands took part in an exuberant day of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) exploration at The Big Bang East Midlands Fair, Thursday 28th June 2018. Hosted at The Roundhouse in Derby for the 6thconsecutive year, the event saw a whopping 2,500 young people enjoy an array of interactive activities, workshops and shows.

The historic Roundhouse building was transformed into a hub of modern energy, infused by the laughter and excitement of students, as it fulfilled its role as the centre location for the day. Filled with over 40 exhibitors, students took part in activities which included robotics, wildlife and first aid, surprising them with career opportunities they had never considered before.

Visitors were left full of STEM spirit after watching entertaining shows including Dr Emily Grossman’s Weird and Wonderful Science Facts, Atomic Science: Hair, Air & Water and Power Up with PALS Productions. Mousetrap Balloon Show also didn’t disappoint by demonstrating how the mechanics of machines work using balloons. Learners got the chance of becoming part of the machine, including roles such as the fulcrum, the screw and even the mouse!

Enterprise 4 Education (E4E) led a STEM Careers Question Time session, based on BBC’s Question Time, made up of a panel of 3 local leaders in STEM from Rolls Royce, Bowmer & Kirkland and Abacus Lighting. E.ON also led an Apprentice Question Time session, with the panel being made up of current E.ON apprentices. This gave students the opportunity to ask a range of questions about different careers paths, including the route of an apprenticeship, that they could take after school.

To top the day off, an amazing 60 plus school projects entered the Big Bang East Midlands Competition and Go 4 Set Competition, encouraging young people to use enterprise skills to solve world issues. Projects included hotels, water, cellotape, recycling and even dogs!

The Big Bang East Midlands Fair is organised and delivered by Learn by Design. It is sponsored by Derby City Council and E4E and supported by Lubrizol.

A massive thank you to The Roundhouse for providing the venue for the event, along with all the sponsors, Derby City Council and E4E for making the day a huge success.

The Big Bang East Midlands Competition Winners:

Creativity: Rugby High School – Water You Mean I’m Dehydrated! Enthusiasm: Uppingham Community College – Comparing the intelligience of 3 dog breeds Innovation: Rugby High School – Eco Factory Communication: Uppingham Community College – Wax Moths Overall Winner: Hinckley Academy & John Cleveland 6th Form – Synthesis of an Antiarthritic Drug in School Labatory 

Go 4 Set Projects also through to The Big Bang Competition 2019: Eckington School – Gecko Resort (Ecko Gecko) Eckington School – School is an Island Heanor Gate – Green Thumbs Queen Mary’s Grammar School – Multi Sport Stadium

‘Moving Derby Forward’ STEM Competition Winners: Lees Brook Academy – Travel Lifeline

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Learn by Design are proud to deliver such an incredible event which continues to highlight the wealth of career exploration for our next generation whilst shining a light on our new digital age.


View all photos from the day here.


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