Thousands of Students Create a Big Bang in Exeter

Thousands of Students Create a Big Bang in Exeter


The energy was sky high as thousands of students from across the South West flocked to Exeter on Tuesday 25th June to enjoy the biggest science festival in the region.

The annual Big Bang Fair South West took place on June 25th at Westpoint Arena Exeter, celebrating the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The event welcomed in the region of 6,000 primary and secondary school and home-education students from 7 different local authority areas in the South West and is part of the national Big Bang Near Me programme which is a programme of UK-wide events that get students excited about STEM. The Big Bang Near Me programme plays a vital role in inspiring the UK’s future scientists and engineers at a regional, local and school level.

The event, co-ordinated by CSW, brought together over 80 exhibitors ranging from Aviation, Construction, Manufacturers, Scientists, Universities and Space Systems and this year introduced zones to categorise different business sectors. There were a wide range of interactive workshops, shows and hands-on demonstrations which allowed young people to gain an exciting insight into future courses and careers. The event encouraged young people to gain a glimpse into their futures and consider new opportunities. It was also a great way of challenging misconceptions about science and engineering being ‘boys’ subjects’ and allowed girls to be inspired by the amazing women working in these areas.

Next year’s Big Bang South West will take place at Westpoint on 17th and 18th June 2020.

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