Have you undertaken a science or engineering project? Why not showcase it at the The Big Bang South East?
The National Science + Engineering Competition aims to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
It is open to 11-18 year olds in the UK and provides young people with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.
Enter through The Big Bang Near Me
Thousands of young people enter through The Big Bang Near Me events that happen in 12 locations across the UK in June/July each year. Young people showcase their project to judges and visitors at The Fair. There are a range of prizes at each Fair, including the chance to represent your region at the National Finals at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in March 2014. To find your local Fair please see www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nearme.
Young people can also enter their project online between July and October. For more information please see www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nsec.cfm
Why should students enter?
So your students have been working hard on their science or engineering project and now you’re wondering what to do with it. Your students can come and showcase their work to other schools and young budding scientists and engineers.
The National Science + Engineering Competition is about celebrating your students’ achievements in project work and showcasing talent. A common question we get asked is: ‘is my project good enough?’ Well, until you enter, you will never know and there are lots of other benefits from the Competition other than prizes. Your students can:
• Engage with science and engineering by creating a project they’re passionate about
• Build presentation and communication skills showcasing a project at a Fair
• Get tips and feedback from industry and academic experts on how they can take their work further
• Their hard work could be recognised in a prestigious national competition
• Meet leading scientists and engineers and network with their peers
• Boost their profile of achievement on their UCAS form for university and college applications.
And of course, if students enter, they could be in the running to win some amazing prizes!
What could I win?
• A range of regional sponsor prizes and CREST Award prizes are available (Varies between The Big Bang Near Me Fairs).
• Winning projects are invited to represent their region at the National Finals at The Big Bang Fair!
The National Finals
The best projects from across the UK are then invited to the National Finals, which are held in March each year at The Big Bang Fair. The finalists showcase their work to over 60,000 people and compete for a range of fantastic prizes worth over £50,000, including international experience awards. To find out more about the prizes please see http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nsec/prizes.cfm
How to get involved
Entries for The Big Bang Near Me Fairs are open from October 2012 to June 2013. Please take a look at our website to find out everything you need to know and read the Competition Guide to learn how to enter.