The much loved Big Bang Fair - the UK’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people - is back again this summer! 

The annual Fair ignites students’ passion for STEM and showcases the exciting career possibilities in these sectors. Taking place from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 June 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham, The Fair welcomes students in year 6 to year 8 from across the UK.

From today, schools and home educators can book free tickets to attend

Students can learn more about careers from all across the science, engineering and tech industry – from the aerospace, rail and automotive industries to energy, healthcare and more.

Young people will have the opportunity to meet STEM professionals, as well as join exciting live shows and inspiring career panels. There will also be plenty of hands-on activities to get stuck into, including testing their driving skills by putting powerful robots through a series of challenges, experiencing piloting a submarine, discovering how different materials are used in sports and space exploration and much more.   

Phillip McShane, Associate Director - Big Bang Programme at EngineeringUK, commented:

“We’re on a mission to drive change so that more young people choose engineering and technology careers. We know that taking part in STEM outreach activities from an early age plays a vital role in changing the perceptions and attitudes students feel towards careers in the sector.

The Big Bang Fair is a brilliant opportunity for employers and professional engineering institutions to help ignite a passion for STEM and inspire young people from all backgrounds to pursue careers in their sectors.”   

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In 2023, almost 16,000 young people attended The Fair last year, along with 2,300 teachers.

A student who attended commented:

“I really enjoyed the variety of activities that have been present during The Big Bang Fair. They have all opened up a wider insight into the industry of engineering and how much passion people have for their careers.”  

Plus, join us as we celebrate student projects entered into the popular Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition. Winners will be announced, including the crowning of the prestigious Big Bang UK Young Engineer, UK Young Scientist and UK Young Technologist of the Year, supported by Siemens. 

The Competition is a free STEM competition open to young people in the UK aged 11 to 18 in state funded education, who are home educated or who enter as part of a community group. Interested? There’s still time to enter! The Competition closes for entries on 27 March, so there’s plenty of time to start a project.

Tickets for The Big Bang Fair always book up quickly – schools are advised to book their free tickets early, to avoid disappointment.  

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