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 14-17 March 2018 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 is supported by numerous sponsors from industry, academia and the public sector.
Leonardo was again proud to be sponsoring and attending the Big Bang Fair, offering visitors to our stand the chance to discover the exciting world of engineering. We look forward to taking part in the 2019 event, from 13-16 March 2019.
Interactive activities for aspiring engineers
Amongst the interactive activities on our stand in 2018 were:
For the first time in a number of years, we showcased Rampaging Chariots at the Big Bang Fair. Visitors were able to test their skills putting some powerful and lightweight robots through a series of challenges.
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), Earth Unplugged (video) and Big Cats.
We encouraged attendees to share their thermal photos on social media using #BBFthermal in their post.
Students had the opportunity to be involved in a practical demonstration of aerodynamics through the building and design of a rotor blade to create a 'flying' helicopter that hovers over the wind table as long as the weight, aerodynamic properties and wind remain stable.
In our K’nex problem-solving challenge, in partnership with the Smallpeice Trust, pupils had to build a structure strong enough to investigate a 'crime scene' without disturbing any evidence. They then had to use a moisture detector to identify the affected areas in the crime scene.
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.