Young scientists enjoy the world of crime scene investigation at the Big Bang, Discovery Park

On Friday 18th March, students and staff from EDA attended Kent’s Big Bang event at Discovery Park, Sandwich. Around 1,000 young scientists enjoyed the day’s activities, which included entering the world of crime scene investigation and learning to see in the dark (while defeating the evil SPECTRA organisation), part of EDA’s innovative and fully immersive Defeat SPECTRA exhibit.

The day-long education event was organized by Kent and Medway STEM, part of Canterbury Christ Church University, with the aim of inspiring a love of STEM subjects. Students from schools across Kent found out from the experts just how fun science, technology, engineering and maths can be amd they got the chance to attend workshops and talks run by local organisations and participate with interative exhibits.

The team from EDA saw 81 teams engage and 203 children (mostly year 7 [41%] and year 8 [42%]) take part in the Defeat SPECTRA activity. Of those 35% were girls. EDA is firmly committed to raising the awareness of STEM subjects and to attracting more girls into engineering.

Students came from 23 different schools and the following partners schools participated: Folkestone Academy, Oasis Academy and St Anselm’s Catholic School.