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Big Bang Fair South East: Businesses urged to sign up for 2016 event

Big Bang Fair South East: Businesses urged to sign up for 2016 event

Manor Royal businesses are being encouraged to sign up early to get involved in the 2016 Big Bang Fair South East.

This year's event, which attracted 7,000 young people from across the region, was only held late last month but already organisers want to hear from those wishing to support the event.

Part of the nationwide Big Bang programme, the biggest single celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK, this year's fair was supported by businesses, universities and professional organisations from throughout South East England, including Manor Royal, providing a day of exciting and fun-filled hands-on shows and activities.

It was organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach support department at the University of Brighton, and the principal sponsors were Crawley-based CGG, the world's leading geoscience company.

Among hundreds of activities, the students, aged between nine and 19, were able to follow the tracks of the Mars Curiosity Rover, make a 3D digital film, test the temperature of the Sun, get up close and personal with a bald eagle, and understand how fireworks work.

Jo McKinney-Green, STEM Sussex Project Manager, said: "The Big Bang Fair South East continues to grow, both in terms of the numbers attending and the organisations involved - an indication of its increasing importance to the young people of the region and their teachers.

"The signs are that since the first Big Bang in 2012 there has been an increase in the number of students studying STEM subjects to A-level, and we believe that the fun, hands-on approach of this and other events has been a major contributory factor.

"We have already begun planning for next year's event, which will take place in late June."

For further information about the 2016 Big Bang Fair South East, please contact STEM Sussex, Tel. 01273 641874 or email


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