Students from Downlands demonstrated their science, technology, engineering and maths skills, when they attended The Big Bang Fair South East on 28 June.
The Big Bang Fair is vibrant and interactive science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) event. Pupils met with local employers, college and universities to get hands-on with a variety of STEM careers.
Highlights from the event were watching BOC’s workshop on Inspiring gases. Liquid nitrogen was used to freeze a number of objects and everyone jumped when a hydrogen balloon was ignited. The pupils were able to watch a supernova in the Space tent and understand what happens in a black hole. There were many stalls for the pupils to wander round and choose what they wanted to learn about.
Mr Urwin, KS3 Co-ordinator, explained how The Big Bang Fair has had a huge impact on the students who attended.
“The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience at Big Bang Ardingly. There were multiple practical booths where pupils could model job roles or use equipment which they would never get to use in school. Pupils have spoken to me about the day on multiple occasions and I feel this trip inspired pupils to look into opportunities in STEM careers.”
Part of a UK-wide programme, The Big Bang Fair South East are organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach department of the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College, and the headline sponsor is Gatwick Airport Limited.