Big Bang Fair


The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for young people in the UK. It aims to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.


Through the Big Bang Fair and a series of regional and local events, the organisation works with partner organisations – across business and industry, government and academia – such as Leonardo, to try and give a flavour of the real scale of engineering and science in the UK.


This year’s Big Bang Fair took place from 15-18 March 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, featuring over 200 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Led by EngineeringUK in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the event was supported by numerous sponsors from industry, academia and the public sector.


Leonardo was again proud to be attending the Big Bang Fair and offered visitors to our stand in the Out of this World zone, the chance to discover the exciting world of engineering.


Interactive activities for aspiring engineers

Amongst the interactive activities on our stand were:

Thermal Camera Selfies

Visitors had the opportunity to take a selfie using our thermal imagery cameras which were used to capture amazing footage on several BBC nature series, including Planet Earth 2 (video), The Great British Year (video) and Earth Unplugged (video).


Some people shared their photo on social media using #BBFthermal in their post.


Wind Table & Rotor Blade Design

Students got involved in a practical demonstration of aerodynamics through the building and design of a rotor blade to create a 'flying' helicopter that hovered over the wind table as long as the weight, aerodynamic properties and wind remained stable.


  Download our rotor blade template


K’nex problem-solving challenge

Attendees were able to test their building and engineering skills in our K’nex problem-solving challenge! They created their own mechanical arms before attempting to deactivate our secret device.


In association with  Smallpeice Trust.


On our stand, there was also the opportunity to chat to some of our apprentices, graduates and placement students about STEM careers, learning about the exciting work we do around the world developing cutting-edge technology.




  Big Bang Fair website