The ‘little’ Big Bang in Mid Sussex

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Students from primary schools in Mid-Sussex will be showing off their skills at a science fair in Haywards Heath.

The Big Bang @ Mid Sussex, on 12th June, will be the culmination of Mid Sussex Science Week and is one of a series of ‘little’ Big Bangs throughout the region leading up to the Big Bang Fair South East on 30th June.

During the week schools will be paired with local companies and around 30 Years 5 and 6 children will work on a project aimed at inspiring them in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. Among the companies whose STEM Ambassadors will be working with the youngsters are Schlumberger, BSE3d and Sunninghill, and at the end of the week their efforts will be judged by industry professionals and senior civic representatives, with the best projects receiving awards.

The Big Bang @ Mid Sussex will also feature the BAE Systems Roadshow, a presentation devised in response to the Government’s acknowledgement that the country faces a shortfall of home-grown scientists and engineers. It explores topics such as air pressure, aerodynamics, the maths behind science and Newton’s third law of motion.

STEM Sussex Project Manager Jo McKinney-Green said: “The Big Bang @ Mid Sussex is part of a programme of events across the South East enabling young people to discover close to home some of the exciting and rewarding careers their STEM studies can lead to.

“The Big Bang programme celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s achievements in STEM and encourages more young people to take part in STEM initiatives, with support from their parents and teachers. We are really pleased to have so many ‘little’ Big Bangs in the South East, and proud that our main celebration event is the biggest in the country.”

The Big Bang Fair South East will take place at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, on 30th June. Part of the nationwide Big Bang Near Me programme, it is the biggest single celebration of STEM for young people in the UK, and over 7,000 students and their teachers from across the region are expected to attend.

For more contact STEM Sussex Project Manager Jo McKinney-Green on 01273 641874 or email j.j.mckinney@brighton.ac.uk

Report by STEM Sussex.