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Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP puts a spark into the opening of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair

Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP opened The Big Bang Fair UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair on Thursday 14 March. The UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering takes place at London’s ExCeL Centre from 14 – 17 March.

The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP took the opportunity to tour the showfloor and meet those involved in bringing science and engineering to life for young people, from apprentices to Chief Executives of leading UK companies, along with finalists in the prestigious National Science + Engineering Competition, young people aged 11-19 competing for a range of prizes for their science and engineering projects.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:  “Science and engineering are central to economic recovery and growth and so we need to ensure there is a good supply of talented people to meet future demand. That’s why government supports a range of work to encourage more people to consider careers in these fields, including engagement in schools, apprenticeships and events like the Big Bang Fair. It shows young people, teachers and parents the vast range of exciting careers on offer, helping to create the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.”

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of The Big Bang, said: “Science and engineering skills are going to be in great demand in the coming years.  Our figures show that we need to double the number of recruits into engineering to meet demand. That means laying the groundwork early, ensuring that young people understand where science, technology, engineering and maths can take them. The Big Bang Fair does just that, bringing science and engineering to life for young people, their teachers and parents, with a unique combination of theatre shows, hands-on activities and the chance to talk to some of the country’s leading scientists and engineers.”

To find out more about The Big Bang Fair, and to book your place, visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk

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The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair  

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair will take place from 14-17 March 2013 at ExCeL London, and will celebrate and raise the profile of young people’s achievement in science and engineering and encourage more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives with support from their parents and teachers. School groups will be invited to visit the first two days of The Big Bang Fair, which will also be open to the public on the Saturday and Sunday. Young people will leave enlightened about how science and engineering feature in everything they wear, eat and do. A number of apprentice, graduate and experienced engineers and scientists will be on hand to quiz and young people will have the opportunity to discover a great career. 

The Big Bang hosts the finals of the prestigious National Science + Engineering Competition and is also the flagship event of National Science & Engineering Week 2013.  For more information please visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk