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South West Set for Huge Celebration of Science

By June 20, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM

The South West region’s largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) – The Big Bang South West Fair returns to the University of Exeter on June 21st.


Last year the event was attended by nearly 2000 students from across the South West and for 2017 it’s expected to be even bigger.  The emphasis will once again be on interaction and will offers students a hands-on chance to explore the wide range of opportunities available in the field of STEM.


Paul Hobson, Chief Executive of CSW Group, the Organisation staging the event said, “The Big Bang gives the region’s young people the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the real excitement that lies at the heart of UK science, technology and engineering. It shows them that we are on the cutting edge of world development and it gives them a valuable insight into how they can become part of this dynamic future.”

The regional heats of the prestigious Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition are also held on the day. This year schools from across the Peninsula have entered over 50 projects and the winners will go on to compete at the national finals held at the Birmingham NEC in March 2018.

The competition aims to recognise and reward young people’s achievement s in all areas of STEM and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

The stage is also set for an amazing ‘Mega Class’ in the form of an interactive science session, led by the National Space Academy, involving more than 500 students and focuses on astronautics and the future of spaceflight.

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter said, “The University of Exeter is delighted to once again host this excellent event. The Big Bang is always a fantastic opportunity to welcome so many talented and enthusiastic young scientists to the campus and to help them explore the excitement that studying the core STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and maths can offer“.

Over 60 local, national and international organisations, including The National Citizen service, Beckton Dickinson and Babcock International, will be showcasing their work and inspiring students to broaden their horizons.