The 4th-6th March sees the UK’s National Science Competition and the “Big Bang Fair” for UK Young Scientists and Engineers taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. This forms the launch pad for National Science and Engineering ‘Week’ (6th-15th March) which is coordinated by the British Science Association, funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Engineering Technology Board (ETB).
As the organisers say, “There are many existing celebrations of young people’s achievements in science and engineering across the UK. The most established are the British Science Association CREST awards celebration and the Young Engineers’ final event. Spearheaded by Sir Anthony Cleaver, Chair of ETB and Sir Tom McKillop, Chair of the Science Council and with support of ETB and the science and engineering communities, these celebrations are now being brought together under the umbrella of The Big Bang. It aims to promote UK science and engineering generally, and inspire all students”.
The Big Bang saw 183 competitor stands and student projects, including winners from the more than 28,000 participants in the CREST scheme. Hopefully, events such as these will encourage many more of the UK’s most able young people to participate in the pursuit of high quality scientific research and practice. For those attending, make sure you visit stand 132 (about modelling flood protection in Oxfordshire) in the competition hall!