What is the competition?
The Big Bang Fair Competition recognises and rewards young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.
The Competition is open to all UK residents in full-time education or training (year group 7-13 and Scottish/NI equivalent), and students can enter online and via regional heats.
The UK Finals take place at The Big Bang Fair in March each year.
Finalists compete for over £20,000 worth of amazing prizes, including top and runner-up prizes in Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories for science and engineering, as well as the covered titles of
GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year and GSK UK Young Scientist.
Why get involved?
Project work inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers
Allows young people to explore an area of interest and develop independent learning skills
A chance to celebrate and share their achievements with the wider community and media
Opportunities to network with like-minded peers and members of industry and STEM employers
“The Big Bang Competition is a vibrant celebration of young people and STEM where students compete for big prizes but the best accolade is simply being part of the excitement!”
Dr Meryl Batchelder - Subject leader for Science, Corbridge Middle School, Newcastle upon Tyne
What makes a successful project?
The scope of the Competition is deliberately broad, so any project in the field of STEM can enter – projects ranging from health to the environment and from computing to design and technology; the options are endless!
Projects do not have to meet any set standards to enter the Competition.
It doesn’t matter if you conducted your project using simple everyday items or whether you undertook research in a scientific laboratory; it’s all about the idea and the enthusiasm behind it. It could be an invention, a communication campaign or research into solving a problem within the community.