National Science & Engineering Competition
Daredevil scientists from The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair 2011 visited London last week, inviting young people in Bromley and Croydon to take part in ‘What’s The Matter?’ – an exciting summer Street Science Roadshow, set out to unleash the passion and skill in young people aged 13-16, generating excitement and interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The workshops saw youngsters making giant water rockets, creating elephant-sized toothpaste and extracting iron from breakfast cornflakes. Exhilarating disappearing acts, giant bubbles and liquid nitrogen ice cream all helped to inspire youngsters about the exciting opportunities open to them with science and engineering.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of The Big Bang Education CIC said: “The Street Science Roadshow really brought the world of science and engineering to life for hundreds of young people. Developing a passion for subjects such as science and engineering can open a whole host of new and exciting career opportunities, and this was our chance to inspire our talent of the future.
“These skills are vital to the future growth of the economy and we know that many employers are already experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff skilled in these areas.”
Rachel Boorman, 22, who attended the event with her younger brother Charlie said: “It was an amazing event. We certainly never had anything like this when I was younger – we just used to read from textbooks in class. The experiments really brought science to life and the kids were all very impressed. Charlie now wants to learn even more about it at school.”
Young people are being encouraged to enter their work into the prestigious National Science & Engineering Competition http://www.nationalsciencecompetition.org/. Open to 11-18 year olds, it’s the perfect opportunity to put their big ideas in the spotlight, with the possibility of achieving top recognition and rewards in the process. Winners of the Competition will be announced at the live finals which take place at The Big Bang – one of the UK’s biggest celebrations of science and engineering. The event is taking place at ICC London ExCeL from 10th – 12th March 2011, and it gives young people the chance to take part in a host of activities and meet with some of the most inspiring people in science and engineering. Click here to enter online here
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