Written on 14 Mar 2016 in Press Release
On Wednesday 16th March, Cambridge Science Centre (CSC) will wow and inspire thousands of young people for four days at this year’s Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham.
The award-winning event was first held in 2009 with 6,500 visitors and has now expanded to almost 70,000 in 2015 and offers a combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, as well as careers information from STEM professionals and leading employers.
Aimed at young people (primarily aged 11-14), it takes place from 16th to 19th March 2016, with school days on Wednesday to Friday and a public day on Saturday.
100 miles from Cambridge Science Centre’s home, the charity’s stand will host over 20 hands-on exhibits including a 2.5 metre high wind tunnel, epic bridge building and the opportunity to generate your own energy. This forms part of the centre’s 'On the Road' programme, which transforms schools, shopping centres and even churches into pop-up science centres across the UK. With unique exhibits that have been designed to be portable and adaptable, the outreach team bring exciting exhibits, shows and workshops to the community and create an interactive science experiences for all.
Visitors to the Fair will also get a ‘sneak peek’ of CSC’s new eye-catching life sciences exhibits for their forthcoming exhibition. In addition to the charity’s activities, there will be high-octane theatre shows, over 150 interactive stands and workshops as well as access to careers information, resources and activities. The Fair offers experiences in virtual reality, medicine, marine biology, film and TV, space exploration, explosive chemistry, crime-solving, robots, computer coding, microscopic bugs, and more. The annual event inspires young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Jon London, Outreach Manager of Cambridge Science Centre, commented: “Since opening in 2013, we have reached over 100,000 people in our centre and through our roadshows and outreach events. We are passionate about encouraging children of all ages to engage and interact with science and are currently developing new programmes of sustained learning which will help us be active in communities in cycles of years rather than days”
Cambridge Science Centre is supported by its Executive Council - Barclays, ARM, AstraZeneca and MedImmune Group, Horizon, MathWorks and Winton Capital, as well as CSC founders, which work with the centre’s team to increase children’s engagement with STEM subjects and highlight potential career paths through the provision of community projects and exhibitions.
For more information on CSC’s outreach work, watch the short documentary on www.cambridgesciencecentre.org for further details. If you want to see the ‘On the Road’ programme in action, tickets for the Big Bang Fair are free but booking is essential via www.bigbangfair.co.uk