Finding Their Career Path at the Big Bang Fair
A selection of Year 7 and Year 8 pupils attended the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday 17 March. The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. It really got the students excited about Science and Maths.
From exploring outer space to designing the phone in your pocket, all the best things are made by teams working collaboratively. The Big Bang Fair thinks of them as 'crews'. By completing an interactive quiz at the start of the visit, pupils found out which crew their likes and interests indicated that they should work in. We had members of the Film and TV Crew, the Health Crew, the Design Crew and many more. You too can find out which crew you would be in by clicking here. Whilst exploring the fair pupils came across lots of different careers within each crew and their eyes were opened to some of the many possibilities that a career in STEM could lead to.
Throughout the day, the pupils participated in many hands on activities; they tested their taste buds, made and raced balloon cars, tested their strength, had conversations with a robot and did many, many more activities. They talked to university lecturers, scientists who have been into space and many figures from STEM industries. One of the highlights for some pupils was watching the Gastronaut and the Quantum Mechanical Chocolate Factory, where not only were they enthralled by some pretty disgusting food stuffs, but also learnt about quantum mechanics!