About The Competition

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition aims to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

The Big Bang Competition offers opportunities for more young people than ever to showcase their STEM projects and recognise and reward their achievements. It's open to all UK residents in full-time education or training (year group 7-13 and Scottish/NI equivalent).

The Big Bang Competition Finals

The Big Bang Competition Finals will take place at The Big Bang Fair, 15-16 March. The 2017 Finalists will compete for a number of exciting prizes, including top and runner up prizes in the Junior, Intermediate & Senior categories for Science and Engineering, as well as the coveted title of GSK UK Young Scientist(s) and UK Young Engineer(s) of the Year 2017 (which is open to students in all categories).

In announcing the award, GSK say "this award is an important part of our overall commitment to discovering and developing young people through every step of their journey in STEM, from primary school to a rewarding career. We are a science-led healthcare company and need scientists and engineers at the heart of our business for innovation and manufacturing. This award will be handed to entries that demonstrate imagination in a project of real world solutions and how we could help to meet the world’s current and future healthcare challenges. GSK is a company that dreams big and we want to inspire young people to dream big too."

Entry takes place via two routes:

  • Regional heats: Projects showcase their work at selected Big Bang Near Me Fairs from January to October each year. Information on Fairs can be found here: https://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/visit-a-near-me-fair 
  • Online heats: Online entry for 2017/18 will open in the Summer Term

Thousands of young people enter every year, either as a team or as an individual. The best projects from across the UK are then invited to showcase their projects to thousands of people at the national finals, which are held at the Big Bang Fair in March each year.