The Rooke Medal gives The Big Bang Fair something to crow about
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair receives special recognition for its work in promoting engineering to young people.
The UK’s largest science and engineering fair for young people was awarded the 2012 Rooke Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering on Tuesday 26 June.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK which leads The Big Bang Fair, accepted the award on behalf of The Big Bang Fair at the Royal Academy’s annual awards dinner, held at the Royal Opera House.
Paul Jackson said: “It’s great to be recognised by the Royal Academy for the work we’ve been doing. The team at EngineeringUK has developed new ways to work with a wide collaboration of business and industry, government, education and the wider STEM community. The Fair is fast establishing itself as the biggest youth event in the country, showing just how much can be achieved when we work together to reach out to the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Maintaining a stream of talented scientists and engineers is vital to our economy and society. It’s excellent that The Big Bang Fair has been recognised for its work to engage and inspire the next generation, which I saw first-hand when I attended last year.”
The Big Bang Fair was nominated for the award by Robert Kirby-Harris, Secretary General at the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and selected by the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of its success in communicating the excitement of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)to young people and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Delivered by over 170 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, The Big Bang Fair is led by Engineering UK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Institute of Physics, the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers. It is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and industry sponsors.
Over 56,000 people visited The Fair at The NEC, Birmingham, in 2012, almost doubling 2011 numbers and demonstrating tremendous growth since its inaugural event in 2009.
The Fair hosts the National Science & Engineering Competition as well as other prizes, and is expanding its reach to engage more young people closer to home through The Big Bang Near me nationwide events.
For further information about The Big Bang Fair visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk
Photo above: Left – right: Sir Anthony Cleaver, Big Bang CIC Event Director Jeremy Buckle, EngineeringUK Chief Executive Paul Jackson, Wellcome Trust Director Sir Mark Walport.
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Notes to editors
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair
The Big Bang Fair exists to inspire the UK’s future scientists and engineers. The Fair takes place annually to celebrate young people’s achievement in science and engineering, and aims to encourage more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives, with support from their parents and teachers.
The Big Bang Fair is led by Engineering UK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Institute of Physics, the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers
The Fair is part of a wider ‘year-round conversation’ with young people. This is made up of nationwide Near Me events and underpinned by a programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.
For further information about The Big Bang go to www.thebigbangfair.co.uk
EngineeringUK is an independent organisation that promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society. EngineeringUK partners business and industry, government and the wider science and engineering community to produce evidence on the state of engineering, share knowledge within engineering and inspire young people to choose a career in engineering, matching employers’ demand for skills.
For more information about EngineeringUK please visit www.EngineeringUK.com
The Rooke Medal for the Public Promotion of Engineering
The Rooke Medal for the Public Promotion of Engineering is awarded to an individual, small team or organisation who has contributed to the Academy's aims and work through their initiative in promoting engineering to the public. The medal is named in honour of the late Sir Denis Rooke OM CBE FRS FREng, a former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and one of the UK's most distinguished engineers. As Chairman of British Gas, his legacy was to build the UK's gas distribution network and unite the gas industry, making domestic gas a cheap and convenient fuel source for millions of people. He later became Chancellor of Loughborough University and served on many national advisory committees on both energy policy and education.
Previous winners of the Rooke Medal include computer science champion Professor Chris Bishop FREng FRSE, the team behind Walking with Robots, children's TV star Dr Johnny Ball and the man who 'propped up' the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Professor John Burland FREng.
Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering.