I was invited to Big Bang, the UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair to report as a STEM Student Journalist on behalf of Ignition* and the East Midlands STEM Partnership. The Big Bang, held at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre, in London, is a culturally and educationally important event with high profile dignitaries including HRH Duke of York and local MP Mark Field. Over the 3 days, the event will see 6000 schoolchildren be inspired by their peers.
My first stop was a wide-ranging exhibition of industries and associations who use science and engineering in their daily activities. From nutritionists and sports scientists, who helped James Cracknell, Ben Fogle and Ed Coats reach the South Pole, to engineers modeling the flow of people for new stadiums yet to be built for the 2012 London Olympics.
A brief stopover in the Careers Hotel gave me the chance to chat to several interesting scientists and engineers before wrapping up the day with ‘Visualised’, a show of everyday objects used in a dazzling and unusual way, to inspire students to look at science and engineering in a new light.