The Big Bang
The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Everything we do is aimed at showing young people (primarily aged 7 -19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.
Through our UK event (The Big Bang Fair) which takes place every year in March, and through a series of regional, local events and at school events we work with partner organisations across business and industry, government and academia to try and give a flavour of the real scale and diversity of engineering and science in the UK.
Since attracting 6,500 visitors to the first Fair in 2009, we’ve grown substantially. From 16-19 March 2016 we welcomed over 70,000 visitors to the NEC, Birmingham, and amazed them at just how exciting engineering and science can be. But it’s about more than thrills.
Visitors can meet inspiring engineers and scientists from large multinational corporations and a range of diverse and unique UK companies. Through receiving dedicated careers advice, we know that young people go away with a fresh, new perspective on where their school subjects can lead them. The Big Bang Fair is now delivered by almost 200 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Led by EngineeringUK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers, the event is supported by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as numerous sponsors from industry.
Visit The Big Bang Fair website.
The Big Bang Fair also hosts the finals of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition. Open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education or training, the competition rewards students who have achieved excellence in a science, technology, engineering or maths project.
You can find out more about the competition here.
The Big Bang Near Me
As well as the UK fair which happens once a year, we have a growing programme of events taking place throughout the year and around the country. These include larger events around the regions which host The Big Bang Competition - as well as more local and at school fairs.
You can find out more and see what’s on near you by visiting www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nearme or by contacting Arran Goodchild.
What people are saying about us
Of course, what people say about us is more important that what we say about ourselves. And, it’s all good. The Big Bang Fair saw nearly 70,000 students, teachers and parents attend.
Visitors of all ages had a great time:
- 85% of 11-14 year-olds learnt a lot.
- 97% of students found the careers information they received useful.
- 82% of teachers and 88% of parents thought a career in engineering to be desirable for their students or children after attending The Fair.
The vital careers messaging has engaged the support of influential supporters. The Prime Minister made his second visit to The Fair in 2015 and underlined the importance of the event. You can take a look at what he said about The Fair in this video:
The Fair has also captured the imaginations of the media, achieving around 2,000 pieces of coverage from national broadcast and print to regional broadcast, print and trade media, delivering our core STEM careers messages to an even larger audience. Broadcast coverage included BBC Midlands Today, ITV West Carlton News at 10, ITV Central Tonight, BBC Breakfast and Newsround as well as lots of regional radio.
In 2015 The Fair created a real buzz on social media, with #bigbangfair reaching over 15 million people on Twitter.
The success of The Big Bang Fair has also been recognised with a number of awards each year since 2010. We're delighted to say that we won the 'Educational Event of The Year' award at the UK: Event Awards 2014. In 2012, the Fair was awarded the Rooke Medal for the Public Promotion of Engineering by the Royal Academy of Engineering for its work in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
On the PR front, we have secured winning and highly commended entries at the Fresh, PRCA and CorpComms awards in 2014.