A hovering helicopter, flight simulators, a solar-powered racing car, plus wildlife that will include snakes and a bald eagle will bring the Sussex countryside to life on 30th June.
Over 7,000 young people aged between nine and 19, plus their teachers, from all over the region will be at the biggest, most exciting event of the summer in the South East – the Big Bang Fair South East – and the event will be bigger and better than ever.
The fourth Big Bang Fair South East will take place at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex. Part of the nationwide Big Bang Near Me programme, it is the biggest single celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for young people in the UK.
In a packed programme students will be able to look over a replica of the aircraft in which Bleriot made his first cross-Channel flight in 1909, use space telescopes, find out how fireworks work, handle snakes, measure radiation levels in the home and examine the legendary Enigma war-time code-cracking machine.
The activities, which are being provided by companies, universities, professional bodies and other organisations, are all interactive and hands-on, giving young visitors an opportunity to see for themselves how science works.
The event also hosts the regional heats of the prestigious National Science + Engineering Competition, when students compete for a place in the national finals in March 2016.
The Big Bang Fair South East is organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach support department at the University of Brighton, in partnership with Central Sussex College and Crawley Borough Council. Headline sponsors are the Crawley-based geophysical company CGG.
STEM Sussex Project Manager Jo McKinney-Green said: “Since it was first held in 2012 the Big Bang Fair South East has continued to grow, both in scale and in popularity. In 2014, in order to cope with increasing numbers, we moved to a larger venue, the South of England Showground at Ardingly, and over 5,000 people were there.
“This year we are expecting over 7,000 young people and we have a programme that is even more extensive than it has been in the past. It will be a fun-packed and exciting day for everyone.
“Our aim is to educate and enthuse young people about science, technology, engineering and maths in a fun and entertaining way. Feedback from previous events confirms how much students enjoy the day – and that they can’t wait to come back next year.”
For a flavour of what went on at the Big Bang South East 2014, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Qfs9KvZus&feature=youtu.be
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