Almost 50 KS3 students attended the Big Bang Fair South East on Wednesday 27th June, held at the South of England showground in Ardingly, it is part of the nationwide Big Bang Fair programme. Over the 2 days around 8000 children from the South East attend.
The fair celebrates all things STEM with a variety of workshops, challenges and exhibits hosted by a variety of companies, organisations, universities and colleges. It is a fantastic way for students to be inspired by STEM and to start to think about the career possibilities studying STEM subjects can open up.
The Gatwick Airport area was a particular favourite of many students. One of the challenges in this area invited students to change a runway light with speed being of the essence, as an airport engineer would need to work between planes taking off and landing! Although at first some of the girls were a little intimidated by all the male names topping the timing leader board, once they got started there was no stopping them. Many of them soon topped the leader board with Laura Healy amazing everyone by beating the time of the actual engineer!
Students had the opportunity to experiment with virtual reality (which they really enjoyed) and they also had a chance to handle some snakes in the reptile section. Some students had a ride in a cherry picker, climbed trees and rode tractors. No wonder so many students said ‘this was so much fun!’
Science teacher and trip leader, Ms Bence, said ‘it is a really fun day with so much for the students to see and do. It is an opportunity to open their eyes to the many and varied ways in which STEM subjects are used in everyday life, and how important they are to society.’
Thanks to Miss Searle, Mr Mohammed, Miss McDonnell and Ms Bence for making the trip possible.