Pantene and Ideas Foundation Announce ‘Power of Hair’ Schools Programme to Increase Positive Representation and Understanding of Afro Hair

 

Pantene has today announced its partnership with non-profit, creative education organisation, Ideas Foundation. Together, the organisations are launching a series of ‘Power of Hair’ lesson plans, which are free for educators to download, with the aim to close the Afro Hair cultural education gap and increase positive representation and understanding of Afro hair in schools. 

 

A recent study by World Afro Day with Shift Insight on over 500 educators found that only half of teachers (52 per cent) have the confidence to openly discuss issues of race and ethnicity with students, and almost a third (29 per cent) said they were unable to correctly identify a scenario involving Afro hair discrimination1

A further study by Pantene found that 9 in 10 Black people in the UK (93 per cent 2) have faced microaggressions related to their Afro hair, and school was highlighted as the most common place where the discrimination took place. 

 

To help drive change, Pantene and Ideas Foundation have teamed up to create and implement a series of creative ‘Power of Hair’ workshops, focusing on raising awareness of Afro hair discrimination, promoting hair confidence, and equipping students with creative and essential skills, from team working to confidence building for the future.

 

Following rigorous testing and development, reaching 1,400 students across 24 schools throughout the UK, the ‘Power of Hair’ workshop material is now available as downloadable lesson plans (available here), designed to be woven into the curriculum for primary and secondary students across English, Humanities, Science, Art, Design and Marketing.

The ‘Power of Hair’ lesson plans are vital, and educators have one of the most important and influential roles in delivering these to students. Pantene and the Ideas Foundation are committed to working closely with teachers to offer training on the workshops to ensure these are being delivered to students sensitively and correctly, in addition to delivering a number of facilitated workshops in schools across the country over the next three years.

 

Dr Rolanda Wilkerson PhD, Pantene’s Principal Hair Scientist and Creator of the Pantene Gold Series collection said“Our school years are a crucial period in our lives to form life-long foundations for confidence, self-love, and creativity. We are so proud to have worked on this important educational tool so that children with all hair types can have a full educational experience and we can work to reduce hair discrimination in the UK and beyond.”

 

Ideas Foundation CEO Heather MacRae, commented, “This project has given us an opportunity to work with hundreds of schools – using creative approaches to explore identity, discrimination and hair confidence through science, English, humanities, and art.  Schools have loved the workshops we have offered. 

 

Peter Thomas, National Association for the Teaching of English said: “We have been delighted to work on this project – giving young people the opportunity for creative writing and expression inspired by the topic of hair.

Pantene is committed to helping more people have more great hair days and believes educating students across the UK to celebrate all hair types will help on that journey. 

 

Dr Rolanda adds: “At Pantene, we believe everybody deserves to be celebrated and represented fairly, and without discrimination. The ‘Power of Hair’ workshops are an important part of empowering hair confidence in the future generation and reminding people that ‘everybody deserves a good hair day’.”  

 

Educators can find the workshop lesson plans available to download now from the Pantene UK website (here), which also includes details on how schools can apply for a facilitated workshop as well as detail on how to enquire about the next ‘Power of Hair’ workshop teacher training session. 

 

 

 

Playinnovation helps Cassiobury Junior School transform an unused outdoor pool into a multi-sports hub

Cassiobury Junior School in Watford, Hertfordshire, has opened a new multi-use games area (MUGA). Designed and built by Playinnovation, the 37m x 18.5m ball court features a brightly-coloured playing surface and 3m-high fencing, providing the school with an inspirational space for children to get active in.

 

 

The MUGA comprises a full-size netball court, basketball court and small-side football area and also features two of Playinnovation’s educational Target Games, giving children the opportunity to play darts, snooker, pool and cricket-based games. The MUGA will not only provide the school’s pupils with a new space to get active in, but will also act as a hub for a number of local clubs and activity groups.

 

Cassiobury Junior School’s Business Leader, Keith Armstrong, says: “The school is used extensively by the local community for tennis, football, rugby, scouts, beavers, and netball. The new MUGA provides extra space and improved facilities to support our community and the school.​”

 

The new ballcourt replaces an old pool, which had become surplus to requirements.

 

“We used to have an outdoor swimming pool that had become unfit for purpose due to health and safety changes through the years – and the high costs of maintenance and repair,” Keith Armstrong says.

 

Playinnovation won a competitive tender for the project in 2021 and worked together with the school and its team – led by the head teacher, Jenny Sherry – to secure planning for the project.

 

“Playinnovation provided a design that more than fulfilled our requirements within the pricing structure we had allocated for the project,” Keith Armstrong adds. “We’re delighted with the end product and the enthusiasm and professionalism with which the Playinnovation team tackled the project.”

 

Playinnovation founder, Marco Boi, says that the partnership between Cassiobury Junior School and Playinnovation – which has its HQ just one mile away – will continue beyond the launch of the MUGA. “As the school closest to us, we will be supporting Cassiobury Junior as best as we can in the future and will look at ways in which we can add value to the ball court,” Boi says.

 

​To celebrate the launch, one of Playinnovation’s ambassadors, football freestyler and entertainer, John Farnworth, visited the school on Wednesday 22 June to demonstrate his skills and also carried out a training/skills workshop for pupils.

 

 

From left to right: Kirra Moser (Chair of Governors at Cassiobury Junior School), Marco Boi (Playinnovation founder), Jenny Sherry (Cassiobury Junior School Head Teacher), John Farnworth (football freestyler), Keith Armstrong (Cassiobury Junior School Business Leader) and children from the school.

 

Refurbishing Hot Water Systems In Existing School Buildings

The recently published government Strategy for Education Estates Sustainability has set a programme of trials deploying smart meters and energy management systems for existing estate buildings to help reduce usage and operational costs. Alongside this is a commitment to test the feasibility of replacing school boilers with ground or air source heat pump applications that can be upscaled to accelerate decarbonisation between 2025 and 2035. For domestic hot water (DHW) systems heat pumps still present a complex, and therefore more expensive, challenge when refurbishing older buildings.  If you are considering upgrading or need to quickly replace an existing boiler of water heater, you could still opt for a natural gas appliance, one that is not officially considered hydrogen-ready, for at least the next ten years without concerns of breaching new regulations. So long as the new unit is more efficient than the unit being replaced. This provides a safety net while assessing new technology options prior to the 2035 deadline for deploying gas-fired appliances.

Recognising this need for more efficient, lower emission gas-fired water heaters to bridge the technology gap for existing educations properties, commercial hot water specialist Adveco has developed the ADplus. 

A high-power gas-fired condensing water heater, ADplus is available in three variants with 70 kW, 115 kW and 140 kW rated heat output each feature an integrated 120-litre stainless steel water storage tank instantly providing continuous and on-demand domestic hot water (DHW).

Heat is provided by the patented Fecralloy premix burner fed by a consistent balanced air/gas ratio at each point of turndown. The high modulation ratio results in high 106% combustion efficiency with ultra-low NOX (Class 6 appliance at 27 mg/kWh) and CO emissions (19ppm). The 115kW and 140kW ADplus variants offer two high-quality heat exchangers. Constructed from a corrosive-resistant continuous run of AISI 316Ti titanium-stabilised stainless steel, these provide balanced highly efficient operation and built-in redundancy.

 

Designed as a high capacity and reliable method for delivering instantaneous hot water to a school or higher education building, the tough, stainless steel 120-litre storage tank enables the ADplus to serve as a semi-storage system, providing always available and instantaneous supply with quick recovery times for large-scale continuous provision of DHW. For smaller on-demand needs, ADplus heats what is necessary, with no ignition for smaller withdrawals providing considerable energy savings. When heat is required, the condensing technology provides up to 30% savings in fuel consumption.

 

The ADplus boasts a compact, floor-standing arrangement designed to pass through a standard 65cm wide door for easy installation without need for racking and just 10cm clearance between units. The integrated cascade controller supports full temperature control and self-check maintenance functions for up to 8 joined units all of which can be seamlessly integrated into building management services.

 

With minimal NOX and CO emissions, the ADplus range is an eco-friendly way to serve a building’s DHW system. The rugged construction, supported by Adveco’s in-house warranty engineers, provides operational longevity and real peace of mind for your investment, making it perfect for refurbishment of existing gas-fired systems and new projects seeking lower cost system redundancy for large-scale heat pump based applications.

 

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HAYS EDUCATION LAUNCH FREE CAREERS PACKAGE FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION

Employment experts, Hays Education, has launched a free comprehensive learning resource called Hays Inspire, for primary and secondary schools to deliver workplace insights and career advice to navigate the world of work.

 

The launch comes as the latest UCAS data revealed that 12% of pupils aged 16 are yet to receive any career guidance and with parents and friends advising the two-thirds of those who have, it’s pivotal that teachers are equipped with the tools to provide students with thorough and extensive career advice. Hays Inspire offers such tools, making specialist unbiased advice readily available for teachers to raise aspirations of pupils.

 

The platform provides a series of ready-made lesson plans suitable for primary and secondary schools, focussing on Year 6, 9 and 10/11 to reflect key educational milestones in mainstream education, containing up-to-date information from leading businesses, aiding schools to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks*.

 

The lesson plans, that are a window into different organisations are uploaded regularly into an established Learning Management System, and are readily accessible by all teaching staff to help pupils make relatable connections with their education, to potential careers.

 

National Director of Hays Education, Paul Matthias, commented: “With a thriving job market, it’s crucial that our future workforce is guided to understand and optimise the opportunities that are available to them, post-education.

 

Understandably, the prospects of finding a career that matches an individual’s skills and personality, whilst juggling exams and co-curricular activities, can be a challenging task. However, with Hays Inspire, teachers have the facilities to quite literally ‘inspire’ their pupils, with extensive options of professions, through market-leading resources.”

 

“Leading infrastructure services and engineering company, Amey, who have already signed to provide content for Hays Inspire, said: “Amey are proud partners of Hays Inspire, to help provide career advice, inspiration and insights into our world of work. We see the true value and importance of bringing education and employment together, to help solve the engineering skills shortage and inspire our next generation. As a large engineering and infrastructure company, we have an important role to play in giving young people direct exposure to the innovative and thriving engineering industry, promoting the various career paths and ultimately for young people to aspire to work in this industry”. – Sarah Hale, Social Value Manager, Amey

 

Brian Lightman, PiXL Futures Lead and former General Secretary ASCL, said: “At a time when young people need as much support and guidance as possible to navigate their way through the vast range of career opportunities Hays Inspire is a really useful new free learning resource for primary and secondary schools in the PiXL network. The real-life employer encounters and lesson plans adapted for Year 6, Year 9 and Year 10 and 11 help create context in their subjects and enable them to gain insights into how their future career journeys can take shape.”

 

In addition to the extensive learning packages, Hays Inspire offers 23 free wellbeing courses and their Learning Management System (LMS), which are available to an unlimited number of users. To find out more, visit: www.hays.co.uk/online-learning/education-training/hays-inspire/

 

 

 

Three-quarters of people are confident information they share from social media is accurate

Tuesday, 28 June 2022: Despite concerns around misinformation and false claims, social media users around the world continue to believe that the information they read and share on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook is factually correct, with levels of trust highest in emerging economies. In India, as many as 88% of people who share information from social media are confident in its truthfulness, slightly above the global average of three quarters.  

 

The findings, based on a global study by Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, show that when looking for factual information, 37% turn to social media, rising to 44% of Mexicans, 43% of South Africans and 54% of Indians. Britons were less likely to look for facts using social media, with only 16% describing it as a preferred source, compared to nearly three in ten (29%) Americans. Overall, most of us rely heavily on Google and other search engines for information, with two thirds (67%) worldwide and 62% in the UK finding facts this way. 

 

The study, The Matter of Fact, takes a broad look at how people across the world seek out information and judge its accuracy, drawing on a pool of evidence bolstered by survey data collected from 5,000 people across the UK, the US, South Africa, India, and Mexico. It finds that social media has become central to shaping people’s understanding. More than half (52%) said that when it came to distinguishing fact from fiction, sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram play an important role. At the same time, reliance on books and more traditional means of gathering accurate information has declined. For example, less than a quarter (17%) cited non-fiction books and encyclopaedias as sources when seeking facts.   

 

There were geographical differences in the level of trust people put in social media, with almost 80% of Indian and 60% of Mexican respondents seeing these networks as an important tool for separating fact from fiction, but only 27% taking this view in the UK and 43% in the US. Under 55s were more inclined to believe in the accuracy of the material they shared from social media. While just over 35% of people aged 25 to 44 said they were ‘very confident’ they were sharing only truthful information from social media, only 13% of over 55s felt the same. Younger people are also more likely to rely on social media as a source of factual information, with over 40% of those in the 16 to 44 age-bracket turning to the platforms compared to just 12% of over 55s. 

 

Other key findings from the report included: 

  • Most of us prefer to consult multiple sources to determine whether something is accurate, with 80% globally and 70% of Britons keen to double check their facts.
  • Half of us still think politicians and government play a significant role in helping us to separate fact from fiction (47%) – but this fell to 36% among more sceptical Britons 
  • Almost two thirds (65%) agree that facts should be open to interpretation, however this varies across markets with 83% in India and around half for the UK (51%) and US (47%). 

 

The pandemic does appear to have had an impact on people’s perceptions of truth, with around three in four people agreeing that they are now more cautious about the accuracy of the information they encounter – a figure that climbs to over 80% in India, Mexico, and South Africa. The data also shows growing mistrust and scepticism about truthfulness, with 69% saying it has become harder to clarify whether information is factually correct. People in the UK and US are particularly hesitant about putting their trust in a single source, with 17% of Americans and 25% of Britons saying they hadn’t shared information from any source as fact in the last five years.  

 

When it comes to teaching the next generation, many parents rely on knowledge acquired during their childhood (32%). In Mexico, almost 30% of parents said that they used encyclopaedias and non-fiction books. Half (49%) used the likes of Google, dropping to around a third (34%) in the UK. Other popular sources were educational textbooks and websites, teachers, libraries, with each used by about one in three parents. Notably, parents from India were much more likely than those elsewhere to use social media and WhatsApp when teaching their children, with around one third citing these sources.  

 

The report further explored trust in institutions and experts. In South Africa, 86% agreed that universities and academic institutions were important upholders of truth, compared to two thirds (66%) in the US and UK (67%). With increased exposure to experts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, almost half of people globally (48%) expressed trust in information when it was backed up by relevant experts. Post-pandemic, academic research and scientific experiments were thought of as the most likely origin of truth by 32% of people. 

 

Speaking about the research, Nigel Portwood, CEO of Oxford University Press, said: ‘Differentiating between fact and fiction is harder than ever, with the unprecedented events of the last two years bringing the debate around misinformation and false claims into sharp focus. With an ever-increasing number of sources to turn to for information, from books to academic texts to digital channels, and so many answers available at the touch of a button, it’s no surprise that our research presents a global picture of confusion.  

 

‘At OUP, we want to help people to make sense of the world around them, encourage them to consult multiple sources, and question what is shared as fact. We believe we have a valuable role to play in championing the importance of quality research and enabling access to accurate, trustworthy information. It is our ambition to enable authors and experts to share their wide-ranging knowledge and perspectives, encourage open and honest discussion, and give people the tools to interrogate ideas and information with confidence.’ 

 

The full report, The Matter of Fact, can be accessed here.  

 

Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service helps schools navigate escalation procedures

SWGfL and the Marie Collins Foundation have handled over 450 cases relating to harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people, reported by professionals working with children, since the launch of the Harmful Sexual Behaviour* Support Service in January 2022.

 

Although each case is unique, there are common and recurrent themes which are becoming apparent as uptake of the Service grows, and a significant number of schools are requesting assistance with the writing of referrals for escalation to law enforcement and social services. Common cases include use of sexualised and inappropriate language towards other peers and adults, non-consensual touching and sharing of self-generated sexual imagery without consent.

 

Previously, when escalating harmful sexual behaviour concerns to statutory safeguarding bodies, schools would often be informed that reports did not meet thresholds for intervention by social services or law enforcement. Through the Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service, multiple schools have been able to revise and adjust their referrals to better portray the incidences of harmful sexual behaviour and contextualise them appropriately, so that they meet the thresholds for securing additional support. This means that schools have been able to better manage the impact of harmful sexual behaviour in their settings, for both children displaying the behaviours, as well as children affected by them.

 

Carmel Glassbrook, lead for Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service at SWGfL, said: “Navigating the procedures in place for seeking additional support in managing harmful sexual behaviour in young people is a significant burden on the children’s workforce. Before the service was launched, we knew that the majority of professionals working with children were under-equipped to address this issue and help the young people affected. The volume of cases we are now supporting professionals with demonstrate a significant need for the children’s workforce to be able to access advice and guidance on how to handle incidents of harmful sexual behaviour.”

 

Staffed by experts from both charities, the telephone and email Service equips education and safeguarding professionals, including the police, social workers and health practitioners across England, with the tools they need to address the alarming normalisation of harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people, both in-person and online.

 

Lawrence Jordan, Professional lead of the Marie Collins Foundation, said: “The data continues to emphasise that harmful sexual behaviours, including serious incidents of sexual abuse and harassment, are commonplace in schools and among children’s peer groups. As the scale of this problem is now recognised, it is vital that those on the front line have as much support as possible to enable them to respond appropriately.”   

 

The Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service, funded by the Home Office and developed in collaboration with the Department for Education, is hosted by SWGfL and available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, on 0344 225 0623 or hsbsupport@swgfl.org.uk.   

CRB Cunninghams to showcase nutritional analysis software at LACA Main Event 23rd June 2022

 

23rd June 2022 – Birmingham UK: CRB Cunninghams, a provider of cashless catering, online payment, and identity management solutions to UK education establishments, has announced they plan to showcase Nutmeg, its brand-new nutritional management platform for caterers at stand M7 at the 2022 LACA Main Event in Birmingham. Showcasing the newly acquired software will enable CRB Cunninghams to highlight the vital role of technology in school allergen and nutrition compliance.

 

Designed for local authorities, catering companies and independent schools, Nutmeg enables establishments to plan menus for thousands of children whilst remaining compliant with the School Food Standards. Schools across the UK utilise this software to correctly identify and label allergens in school menus and report on the nutritional breakdown of meals served.

 

Having acquired Nutmeg in 2021, the nutritional analysis platform is the latest addition to CRB Cunningham’s cashless solution, Fusion. The 2022 LACA Main Event will enable CRB Cunninghams to showcase Nutmeg to over 1,300 attendees across the school meal sector, including those looking to improve how they plan school menus, safeguard pupils from allergens and stay updated with changing food legislation, including Natasha’s Law.

 

Those in the industry looking to learn more about how to stay on top of changing nutrition regulations and improve how they plan and analyse school menus will have the opportunity to demonstrate the Nutmeg software at stand M7 and talk to CRBC staff about the latest industry developments, from allergy compliance to reducing food wastage.

 

“This year’s LACA Main Event is especially exciting for CRB Cunninghams, offering us the chance to showcase our latest addition to our Fusion cashless system,” said Stuart Brown, Head of Sales and Marketing at CRB Cunninghams.

“The importance of maintaining allergen and nutritional compliance is becoming increasing prolific within UK schools. Therefore, this event is of key importance to CRBC and will enable us to demonstrate the role of technology in maintaining compliance whilst offering the chance to discuss the latest industry developments with a wide range of school food experts.”

 

In addition to Nutmeg, CRB Cunninghams will also be showcasing a range of their existing contactless solutions, including the Fusion Online pre-order meal app and the fully integrated cashless catering system, Fusion.

Learn more about Nutmeg.

Premier League Primary Stars celebrates five-year anniversary with launch of new Active Summer Challenge

PL Primary Stars visit to Rabbsfarm Primary School, Gordon Road, Yiewsley, West Drayton, UB7 8AH with appearance from Ivan Toney current player at Brentford FC session taken by Marcus Gayle and Salma Mahamud 29APR22 – Copyright Phil Greig / greigphoto 2022

The Premier League is celebrating five years of its schools’ programme, Premier League Primary Stars.

 

Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to support pupils in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

 

Premier League Primary Stars’ range of more than 640 curriculum-linked activities support teachers to build their pupils’ confidence in key areas from Maths and English to PSHE and Physical Education and can be used off-the-shelf or tailored to suit teachers’ needs. More than 58,000 teachers have downloaded and used the free curriculum-linked resources since the programme began.

 

To mark the five-year anniversary, the Premier League is launching the Active Summer Challenge. This brand new initiative will challenge pupils to find five ways to keep active during the summer holidays, a time when fitness levels can drop. The new resources are now available for teachers to download for free on the Premier League Primary Stars website.

 

Exclusive content featuring Premier League players, club coaches and experts has been created to support teachers to inspire pupils deliver impactful PE lessons. Nine out of 10 teachers believe that they have seen an increase in pupils’ enjoyment of sport and physical activity linked to the programme.

 

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We launched Premier League Primary Stars five years ago to support teachers and use the power and popularity of football to inspire children in the classroom and on the sports field.

 

“Clubs do fantastic work to support children’s learning and we are very proud that this national education programme now engages more than 18,500 primary schools in England and Wales.”

 

In addition to PE, English and Maths resources, Premier League Primary Stars also supports teachers to deliver classroom-based discussions and activities on important societal topics such as anti-discrimination, mental health and gender stereotypes linked to No Room for Racism, Wellbeing Stars, and Rainbow Laces. After using the PSHE resources, 72% said that their pupils understand more about how to challenge prejudice and discrimination and 79% of teachers said their pupils have a better understanding of how to look after their own wellbeing.

 

Natalie Sutton School Manager at Sandfield Close Primary School, said: “The Premier League Primary Stars programme has opened up so many opportunities and doors to us that we wouldn’t have been able to open on our own. We’ve had such a positive experience since joining back in 2018. It is important to measure progress but for me, it is also important to see our pupils expand their thinking and learn about key subjects in a fun and engaging way. It has all been so positive for us as teachers, but more importantly beneficial to the learning of our pupils.”

 

 

 

The Premier League funds Premier League Primary Stars and other community programmes through its £100m investment per season in community facilities and community and education programmes. This is the biggest voluntary contribution to communities and other good causes of any football league in the world. 

 

Please visit www.PLPrimaryStars.com for more information.

 

LVS Hassocks Principal, Jen Weeks, shortlisted for prestigious TES Head of the Year 2022 award

LVS Hassocks Principal, Jen Weeks, receives outstanding level of recognition being shortlisted for the prestigious Tes (Times Education Supplement) Head of the Year award at the Tes Schools Awards on Friday 17th June 2022.   Heralded as one of the biggest occasions in the education calendar, the awards and event simultaneously celebrates the work of teachers and schools across the UK’s state school and independent sectors.

Jen Weeks said “This is like the Oscars for teaching.   I’m so proud to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award, and of the work the whole LVS Hassocks team does to provide an inspiring, inclusive educational environment for our students.”  She added “LVS Hassocks is a special place, we are able to make the curriculum adjustments that individual students need to progress in their education.  We get to know every student as an individual and we work with them to build trust by demonstrating that there are adults who can help them accomplish the massive achievements that they are capable of, we don’t believe in putting a ceiling on children’s achievements.”

Students at the school are given the opportunity to undertake qualifications that suit their abilities including BTEC and GCSE’s.  This year’s sixth formers were the first cohort to undertake Level 3 Qualifications with Art A Level and an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). 

Sixth form student Jake, when interviewed recently, said “I was in a bad place before I came to LVS Hassocks, and I had been bullied at my previous school by students and teachers.  Jen and the teachers at LVS Hassocks helped me trust again.  After I finish sixth form this summer, I am going onto a mainstream college.”

Principal, Jen Weeks, added “Working in specialist education is incredibly rewarding.  Our teachers have to adapt the teaching methods they have learned through their careers teaching in mainstream schools to creatively deliver the same professional level of teaching and education in a way that recognises the challenges children with a diagnosis of autism face while inspiring achievement and celebrating success.” 

For more information about LVS Hassocks, please visit https://www.lvs-hassocks.org.uk/

THE BIG BANG FAIR RETURNS TO INSPIRE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE INTO STEM

WHAT: The Big Bang Fair – the UK’s biggest celebration of STEM for young people – returns for its first in-person event after a 2-year hiatus.

 

WHEN: Wednesday 22 June to Friday 24 June

 

WHERE: NEC in Birmingham

 

The largest celebration of STEM in the UK is free to attend and will feature scores of quality hands-on activities to inspire young people to discover and explore what a career in STEM can offer. Over the 3 days, young people will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from exciting scientists and engineers and connect with inspiring career role models, including The Engineering Baker and Bake-Off finalist, Andrew Smyth, Mission 44’s Stephanie Travers and Climate Scientist Sammie Buzzard.

 

The Big Bang Fair has signed some of the biggest names in STEM to exhibit at this year’s event, including the NHS, Rolls Royce, Unboxed, Network Rail & HS2 and the Environment Agency.

 

Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of Engineering UK, said: “We are so excited for young people and their families to experience this year’s event. With some of the biggest names in STEM, visitors will be able to hear about the brightest ideas from those working at the cutting edge. We are sure that everyone will be inspired, and we hope that young people will feel welcomed and attracted to explore STEM further.”

 

The Big Bang Competition:

An award ceremony on Wednesday will crown overall winners of UK Young Scientist of the Year and UK Young Engineer of the Year, who will receive a £2,000 prize.

 

A snapshot of this year’s incredible finalists, who have produced the following projects will be on the show floor:

  • ElectroPi – a robot designed to plant and water seeds, based on soil moisture levels, to speed up planting time and improve the quality of planting conditions
  • Air Quality Pavilion – an invention designed to explore how indoor spaces react to the air quality inside and how to improve the overall experience for the user
  • Working Healthy – a weather-proof open-air office that allows for a healthier work environment when working from home
  • AgriPod – an invention designed to tackle fertiliser misapplication by farmers
  • Smoothie Crusher – a bike powered smoothie maker
  • ISOPOD – a waterproof cardboard tent with a concertina design, created with the aim of tackling the number of non-recyclable tents left at festivals each year
  • Girls into school – a new design to provide a durable and affordable period product for the young women and girls living in Kibera in Kenya

Families, home educators and school groups have the chance to visit at The Big Bang Fair Unlocked, taking place on Thursday 23 June from 4pm to 8pm.

 

Book free tickets to The Big Bang Fair Unlocked at www.thebigbang.org.uk/fair