Science brought to life with a bang

Thirteen-year-old The Vale Academy student Will Sipling met his match at the Big Bang Science Fair. EMN-150727-154251001
Thirteen-year-old The Vale Academy student Will Sipling met his match at the Big Bang Science Fair. EMN-150727-154251001
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Science and engineering were brought to life for 136 Brigg students at a huge fair.

Year 8 from The Vale Academy travelled to Doncaster racecourse to attend the Big Bang Science Fair for the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Run by EngineeringUK, Big Bang is designed to encourage more young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

More than 2,000 students participated in interactive activities including rocket building / launching, animal handling, Jaguar F1 racing, archaeology, wind turbine construction and ultrasound testing.

“The event was extremely well organised,” said Louise Mead, who led the trip.

“The students were able to participate in a wide range of practical fun activities which enthused them about STEM careers in a way that is just not possible in the classroom.”

All students attended a BAE / RAF roadshow, which focussed upon the work they are doing to develop new aircraft and also supporting Team GB Olympians and Paralympians prepare for Rio 2016.

Student Jade Starkie (13), described the Big Bang Trip as a “great experience”.

“I liked the opportunity to take part in amazing activities,” she said.

“You learn far more about use of science, technology, engineering and maths in the everyday world than just being in the classroom.

Scawby 13-year-old Harry Oram said: “I enjoyed learning about dinosaurs, looking at the stars in a massive dome and driving F1 cars in a simulator.

Principal Nicola Williams was pleased the students had enjoyed the trip.

“It is about broadening their knowledge and horizons,” said Mrs Williams.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to do some amazing and memorable things that also opens their minds up to the world of science.”