One of the biggest science fairs in the region, The Big Bang Yorkshire and Humber, was at Doncaster Racecourse from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 26 June 2018.
Over 4000 primary and secondary school students attended the interactive exhibition delivered by Derbyshire Education Business Partnership (DEBP). The main sponsor of the event was Polypipe, who design, develop and manufacture the widest range of plastic piping products in Europe! The event aimed to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a fun and educational experience.
Niki Bardsley, DEBP STEM Ambassador Hub Manager, said: “The Big Bang Yorkshire and Humber links classroom learning to real-world STEM, by allowing students to meet local scientists and engineers and be inspired by career opportunities available in our region. It is a truly inspirational event! Every year it gets bigger with almost double the number of young people attending in 2018 than the previous year.”
There were over 40 STEM-sational hands-on exhibits and interactive workshops from handling mini-beasts, going on a flight simulator, wandering through the solar system, and much, much more! These activities are from organisations such as Airco, Animals In-Tuition, Cool Science, Humberside Fire and Rescue, Lab Rascals, Network Rail, Polestar Planetarium and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, to name but a few!
Two theatre shows enabled young people to discover how much fun science can be. ‘Bass in Your Face’ from Noisy Toys looked at electromagnetism, music as a wave signal, bass as a powerful musical effect, vibrations of different materials and acoustics and wave properties. ‘Tropical Encounters’ from Dinosaur Wildlife and Education Centre was a fun and interactive show including live animals relating to rain forests and deserts from around the world, such as snakes, lizards, parrots, meerkats and a skunk.
The event also celebrated and raised the profile of young people’s achievements in science and engineering. They had the chance to talk to STEM professionals about their work, gain experience and build their confidence to pursue their goals. An award ceremony recognised their achievements and the following were presented:
Photos by JMA Photography.
Next year's event will take place on Tuesday 25 June at Doncaster Racecourse.