Big Bang: UK Young Scientists’ & Engineers’ Fair

15 March 2011

Abigail Davies of Thomas Hardye School won the IOP Physics Prize for her project ‘Making Waves’ and Andrew Cowan from Sutton Grammar School for Boys was named Young Engineer of the Year for his Search and Rescue Robot.

Big Bang Fair

Student exhibitors at exhibition were winners in 2010 Big Bang Regional Finals but there were also some Crest Gold Award Holders. The full 2011 prize list can be found here.

‘Big Ideas from Small Beginnings’ was The IOP stand in ‘The Next Factor’ section of the exhibition. ‘Lab in a Lorry’ was in the ‘Making Trax’ area; highly popular and fully booked for all public sessions on 12 March. Stands manned by various universities, institutes and companies were much in evidence.

Exciting science shows and events took place, for example BAE Systems ‘Secret Life of Robots’, The Science of Football’, Wallace & Gromit’s ‘World of Invention’ Roadshow, ‘The entertaining circus show’, BBC’s ‘Bang Goes the Theory’, Sky One’s ‘Braniac Live’ to name a few. 

On level 3 of the Excel Centre on the 12th March 8 teams were competing in the GE & Stemnet Challenge 5 – the Wetsuit Challenge. Here students had to make their presentation regarding making a wetsuit for Jimmy Goddard, an Olympic Paratriathlete. Stem ambassadors were available to these students during the day and included a London & SE Branch Representative. Prof. Peter Kalmus was also involved with the Big Bang as a judge on the 11th March for the younger pupils.

Two regional events occur in 2011 relating to our branch area; Big Bang London & South East at the Science Museum on 22 June 2011 & East of England on 13 July 2011 at Duxford. It is expected that L&SE branch committee members will be amongst the judges at both regional events. Winners from these events will be attending the Big Bang in Birmingham 15 -17 March 2012.

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