Defeat SPECTRA at the Big Bang Fair aims to inspire future engineers

A team from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) will be taking its innovative Defeat SPECTRA exhibit to the national Big Bang Fair for the first time. The fair, at the NEC Birmingham from 15-17 March, is the UK’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Every year, tens of thousands of 4-17 year-olds take part in hands-on science and engineering activities, from designing a solar powered water heater to exploring radioactivity, and learn more about career opportunities.
Defeat SPECTRA invites schoolchildren to use the Electromagnetic Spectrum to try and crack a secret code using electronic devices. It is being trialled in advance of the Big Bang with local schools, including St Anselm’s, Simon Langton Boys and St Edmund’s.
Dr John Batchelor, EDA’s School Liaison Officer and Reader in Antenna Technology, commented: ‘Our researchers and postgraduate students have exhibited at regional Big Bang events before, but never at the national event. It will be an exciting opportunity to inspire young people to apply science to solve a range of problems. It’s also an excellent opportunity for them to find out if engineering might be a career for them in the future.’
EDA will be exhibiting on Stand EA8 in the Energise Zone of the Big Bang Exhibition. For more about the SPECTRA exhibit follow the link.