50 Days to go until the School of Engineering and Digital Arts exhibits at The Big Bang Fair 2014!

In 50 days time, the outreach team from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts will be exhibiting their Defeat SPECTRA exhibit in the Think Digital Zone at The Big Bang Fair, the UK’s largest celebration of Science and Engineering. This will be the third year running that the School has participated at The Big Bang and this year, EDA is also extremely proud to be a sponsor of the event.

From the 13 – 16th March 2014, The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair will pitch up to The NEC, Birmingham, to host a celebration of science and engineering for young people. Organisers aim to welcome around 75,000 people to the free science and engineering extravaganza. With places going fast, register early to avoid missing out, at http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/

The Fair hosts an astounding array of activities and live performances, with the first two days open to school groups and Saturday and Sunday open to families.

This year, the mission to thrill and inspire future scientists and engineers reaches new levels as TV science presenter Greg Foot (BBC, Channel4, Discovery Channel) unleashes his brand new show all about the science of explosions that have shaped our modern world. The show, ‘Kaboom!’, looks at topics from the chemistry of gunpowder to the anatomy of highly explosive detonations, the dissection of an internal combustion engine to the power of the hybrid rockets that have taken us into space. Visitors can expect loud jet engines set off live on stage, cannon balls launched above their heads, towering showers of sparks and coloured flame balls.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of The Big Bang, said: “This year is set to be one of the biggest and most exciting years yet – with registration numbers at a record high. The Big Bang Fair is more than just a fun day out. It gives young people the chance to speak to leading scientists and engineers and to see for themselves the range of exciting careers that their science and maths subjects can lead to.”

The Big Bang Fair hosts the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition where students from across the country will compete to claim one of the most prestigious science and engineering honours for young people. The ten judges attending include: Nobel Prize winner, Sir Tim Hunt; the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman; and inventor-in-residence at the Science Museum, Mark Champkins.

To find out more about The Big Bang Fair, and to book your place, visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk