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About the National Science & Engineering Competition
The National Science & Engineering Competition 2011 was open to 11-18 year olds across the UK.
Finalists were invited to present their project at The Big Bang. Here they had their own exhibition stand amongst the big household names and were able to show-off all their hard work to journalists, prospective employers and universities – as well as the school groups and VIPs attending The Fair.

As well as the great prizes for both teams and individuals, winners of the senior individual categories are crowned the UK Young Scientist of the Year or the UK Young Engineer of the Year at the award winners’ ceremony.
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About The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair
The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair took place from 10-12 March 2011 at ICC London at ExCeL, celebrating and raising the profile of young people’s achievement in science and engineering and encouraging more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives with support from their parents and teachers. School groups were invited to visit the first two days of The Big Bang, which was also open to the public on the Saturday. Young people were shown how science and engineering feature in everything they wear, eat and do. A number of apprentice, graduate and experienced engineers and scientists were also on hand to quiz and young people hand opportunity to discover a great career.

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The Big Bang also kicks off National Science and Engineering Week 2011. (

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