The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Everything we do is aimed at showing young people (primarily aged 7-19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.
Through our national event (The Big Bang Fair) which happens at a different location in March every year, and through a series of regional and local events, we work with partner organisations across business and industry, government and academia to try and give a flavour of the real scale of engineering and science in the UK.
Since we held the first Fair in 2009, we’ve continued to grow. From 13 – 16 March 2014, we welcomed over 75,000 visitors to The NEC, Birmingham and amazed them at just how exciting engineering and science can be. But it’s about more than thrills.
At its heart, The Big Bang is about careers and futures and highlighting the exciting possibilities that exist for young people with science, technology, engineering and maths backgrounds. It’s about the contribution they, with the right motivation, can make to the UK economy and to society in general.
From meeting inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the biggest and most interesting companies in the UK and through receiving dedicated careers advice, we know that young people go away with a fresh, new perspective on where their school subjects can lead them. The Big Bang Fair is now delivered by over 200 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Led by EngineeringUK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers, the event is supported by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as numerous sponsors from industry.
For more information about sponsoring The Big Bang Fair 2015, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The Big Bang Fair 2014 saw a record-breaking 75,000 visitors attend with all ages having a great time. We’re happy to report that 93% described The Fair as very good or good. Over half the key age-group of 11-14 year-olds learnt a lot, two thirds of young attendees took the opportunity to speak to someone about careers and more than seven out of ten knew where to go next for more information.
The press was won over too. In 2014 we achieved over 2000 pieces of coverage, from national broadcast and print to regional broadcast, print and trade media, and reached over 2 million people on social media. Highlights included broadcasts by BBC Breakfast, ITV Daybreak, Newsround, BBC World Service, the Today programme, ITV Central and BBC West Midlands and Channel Four’s Sunday Brunch. Promotion for the Fair secured coverage as widespread as ITV Daybreak and the Alan Titchmarsh Show to the Telegraph, Independent and Daily Mail. The Sunday Telegraph commented: ‘Shows such as this help inspire children to pursue a career in STEM sectors’.
The success of The Big Bang Fair has been recognised with a number of awards each year since 2010. In 2012, the Fair was awarded the Rooke Medal for the Public Promotion of Engineering by the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of its success in communicating the excitement of science, technology, engineering and maths to young people and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. 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 received the Highly Commended award at the PR Week Awards two years running. And we were shortlisted for The Guardian Social Enterprise Award in 2011.
The Big Bang Near Me
As well as the national fair which happens once a year, we have a growing programme of events taking place throughout the year and around the country. 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 www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nearme.
The Big Bang enjoys the patronage of a number of high profile people:
Sir Anthony Cleaver
Dame Ellen MacArthur
Sir John Parker
Professor Anne Glover
Sir Paul Nurse
Lord David Sainsbury
The Big Bang Fair 2014 on film