Competition FAQs

This list of frequently asked questions should help you get all the information you need about The Big Bang Competition, eligibility, how to enter and the judging process.

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What makes the competition different to the others that are already out there?

The Big Bang Competition is a national, over-arching and inclusive competition that covers all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. Other science and engineering competitions tend to be specific to one scheme or subject areas. The Big Bang Competition welcomes almost all entries from other competitions - it's deliberately broad in the subjects it covers and in its entry criteria, to ensure that as many people as possible can take part.

Do I have to attend a regional Fair to gain a place in the competition finals?

No. There are two ways of gaining a place in The Big Bang Competition Finals; you can either enter via a Big Bang Near Me Fair (which will take place throughout the UK March-July 2017) or through entering online (the form will be available from the Summer Term 2017). You don't have to attend a regional Fair to gain a place in the finals. If you attended a regional Fair and weren't awarded a place in the finals, you can try again by working on your project and re-entering it online.

What are the prizes?

Each Competition winner (excluding special prizes), individual or team, will win a cash prize, a trophy and framed certificate. The winners in each category also have the opportunity to compete for the title of 'UK Young Scientist(s) of the Year' and 'UK Young Engineer(s) of the Year', as well experience prizes. Some winners also gain opportunities to represent the UK at other fairs and events. Runners-up will receive a cash prize, medals and framed certificate. For the special prizes, winners usually receive a cash prize, a trophy and an experience prize.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners of the 2016-17 Competition will be announced at the National Awards Ceremony at The Big Bang Fair on Thursday 16 March.



Are activities completed in science or technology clubs eligible?

Yes they are.

Am I eligible to enter?

The Big Bang Competition is for UK residents in full-time education or training (year groups 7-13 and Scottish/NI equivalent). All team members must meet these eligibility criteria. Please read the Rules and Eligibility to check if you're eligible. If you're still unclear, please contact

Rules and eligibility criteria

Is my activity or project suitable for the competition?

The 2016-17 Competition is for projects carried out between 1 July 2015 and 20 November 2016, in any area of science, technology, engineering or maths. If you're still unclear, contact


When is the deadline for online entries?

The 2016-17 Competition entry deadline was 20 November 2016. Unfortunately we cannot accept entries submitted after this time for the 2017 Finals.

My computer crashed before I finished my online entry. What do I do?

Make sure that you have all of your information ready before you start the online form. When you press "save", your information is safe, but if you lose connection before this point we may not have received your information and you will have to complete the form again.



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I attended a regional Fair and didn't gain a place in the Competition Finals. Can I enter via the online route as well?

Yes, You can have a second try at gaining a place in the finals by entering online, even if you attended a Fair and didn't gain a place. You can also improve your project between the regional and the online heats.

How will the entries be judged?

Projects at selected regional Fairs will be judged in person and those who enter via the online entry form will be assessed by a panel of experts. The projects deemed the best from each route will be offered a place in the Competition Finals at The Big Bang Fair in March 2017. Once at The Big Bang Fair, all entrants will be judged a number of times at their display stands and the winners will be announced at The Big Bang National Awards Ceremony. Please follow the link below for more details.

Competition process and judging criteria

Who are the judges?

The judges are all experts from the world of science, technology, engineering and maths. In the Competition Finals a shortlist of ten projects in the Senior category will be asked to take part in a further stage of judging, involving a panel of celebrity judges.



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