The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. Our aim is to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) the exciting and rewarding opportunities out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.

The Big Bang Fair - which will take place in 2016 from Wednesday 16th - Saturday 19th March at The NEC, Birmingham - is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, together with careers information provided by a wide range of people who are working in the field. The Fair, led by EngineeringUK, is made possible because of the efforts of almost 200 organisations working together to enable young people to see science and engineering in a new light.

Since attracting 6,500 visitors to the first Fair in 2009, we’ve grown substantially. From 11 – 14 March 2015, we welcomed nearly 70,000 visitors to the NEC, Birmingham and amazed them with just how exciting engineering and science can be, as well as highlighting the career possibilities that exist for young people with science, technology, engineering and maths backgrounds.

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From meeting inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the biggest and most interesting companies in the UK, we know that young people go away with a fresh perspective on where their school subjects can lead them. 

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The National Science + Engineering Competition

The Big Bang Fair also hosts the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition. Open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education, 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.

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. 90% of those aged 11 to 19 enjoyed The Fair, while 96% of adults rated it as good or very good. 85% of visiting 11 to 14 year olds learnt a lot and 59% of young visitors used the opportunity to speak to someone about careers.

The vital careers messaging has engaged the support of influential supporters. The Prime Minister made his second visit to The Fair this year 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. 

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The Fair has won awards from the events industry including in 2012 Best Live Event and Best Experiential Campaign in the Charity and Social Enterprise category of the IVCA Clarion Award.

On the PR front, we have secured winning and highly commended entries at the Fresh, PRCA and CorpComms awards in 2014.

The Big Bang Near Me

As well as the annual national fair we established The Big Bang Near Me in 2012 to enable young people to experience a Big Bang Fair nearer to their homes and schools, as well as launching The Big Bang @ School programme in 2014. These include larger events hosting the National Science + Engineering Competition as well as more local events.

You can find out more and see what’s on near you by visiting