Exploding exhibits AND gender stereotypes at The Big Bang Fair 2013

Less than 10% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female yet the country needs to double the number of recruits into engineering in order to meet demand. These are pretty shocking facts and demonstrate that girls and women are under-represented in key areas.
To help redress the balance, a predominantly female team of engineering students from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) will be taking their innovative and interactive “Defeat SPECTRA” exhibit to the national Big Bang Fair for the second time. The fair, a high profile national event, at London ExCel from 14th to 17th March 2013, 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.
EDA’s exhibition team includes four female engineering role models who will be advocating the importance of continuing further education in STEM and encouraging visitors to the stand to think about the opportunities that it will open up to them Having female exhibitors on the stand from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds promotes equality of opportunity and maximises the cultural and development prospects for all young people considering a career in science. The EDA team will share their experiences and hope to inspire, enthral and engage all young people by inviting them to use the Electromagnetic Spectrum to try and crack a secret code using electronic devices. Find out more about the technology involved in our Defeat Spectra exhibit by watching our promotional video.
John Batchelor, EDA’s School Liaison Officer and Reader in Antenna Technology, commented: ‘It will be an exciting opportunity to inspire young people to apply science to solve a range of problems and help redress the gender under representation that currently exists. It’s also an excellent opportunity for girls attending the event to find out if engineering might be a career for them in the future.”
If you are good at solving problems, are creative, good at communicating, want to earn good money and like to know how things work – then you could have a great future in Engineering. Find out more and visit EDA in the Energise zone (stand EA7of the Big Bang Exhibition).