The Big Bang Fair- it was explosive!

Release date: 22/03/2019

I was lucky enough to visit the The Big Bang at Birmingham NEC Arena last week, it was absolutely STEM-sational, I witnessed students having the most amazing interactive learning experiences!

The Big Bang is one huge festival that showcases an enormous range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) industries and the work they do, with a specific emphasis on educating students about the range of careers that could be open to them in the future. Participating organisations were required to engage with students in an interactive way by giving them challenges and activities to complete. There are too many companies to list here, and too many photos to show, but here are some photos of some of the stands and activities I saw:

 JCB Display at The Big Bang

JCB Stand- they had digger simulators and a building a JCB challenge 


The ARMY Divers showed students how their kit worked- and posed for the odd selfie! 

Shell at The Big Bang Fair

Students visiting the Shell team got to make cars and race them on the track! 


My personal highlight was watching the live science demonstration hosted by The Institute of Science at the National Geographic stage, the students who watched the displays were enthralled and the shows were brilliantly informative.

 national geographic stage


As you may already know, we are hosting a similar event here in the Isle of Man later this year, STEM Fest, so I visited The Big Bang Fair to get ideas about how we could run the event and to make contacts with organisations that we’d like to invite to STEM Fest. We made lots of connections and more details about visiting exhibitors will follow.

Although our event may not be on the massive scale of The Big Bang Fair, we will be making sure it’s an experience that local students won’t forget in a hurry. Local organisations are already developing the most ingenious and creative activities, they’ll be blown away!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the ACE Committee (link) for sending me on this trip, and Ruth Watterson from Swagelok for being my travelling companion, between us we forged some great links to organisations who will help us to make STEM Fest a success! I’d also like to thank Moira Shaftoe from Engineering UK, not only for arranging our VIP entry to the event but for your invaluable advice and information about how The Big Bang is organised! Thank you!


Carrie Yates