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.


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