Big Bang Fair returns to the NEC

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Almost 16,000 young people attended The Big Bang Fair last year along with 2,300 teachers

The UK’s celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people is being held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Run by EngineeringUK, the event is designed to ignite a passion for STEM and showcase the exciting career possibilities in these sectors. It will welcome students aged 10 to 13 from across the UK and schools can register for free tickets to attend.

Attendees have the opportunity to meet STEM professionals from a range of industries and get involved in hands-on activities, including testing their driving skills by putting powerful robots through a series of challenges, experiencing piloting a submarine, discovering how different materials are used in sports and space exploration and much more.

Given the UK’s acute skills shortage and ambitions to meet net zero by 2050, more young people are urgently needed to progress into engineering and technology. STEM engagement activities such as this are vital for developing their awareness and interest in these careers – helping the sector to secure a skilled and diverse future workforce.

Phillip McShane, Associate Director of the Big Bang Programme at EngineeringUK, comments: “We’re on a mission to drive change so that more young people choose engineering and technology careers. We know that taking part in STEM outreach activities from an early age plays a vital role in changing the perceptions and attitudes students feel towards careers in the sector.”

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