Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair

The Big Bang Fair is a nationwide programme of national, regional and local events led by EngineeringUK aiming to engage and reward young minds with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) backgrounds and to build a bright future for the UK’s economy. Each year the Nuclear Institute attends with its army of volunteers from around the UK. 

The main annual event, the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, is held annually, usually in March at the NEC, Birmingham. It is the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering for young people, with over 75,000 visitors attend over the four day event.

 The Nuclear Institute has hosted an exhibition stand at the national fair since 2014. We use interactive and fun activities, such as robots and our nuclear reactor simulator, and glovebox to demonstrate activities that nuclear scientists and engineers carry out every day.

We also distribute free resources which give information on nuclear energy and careers advice. Our aim is to engage and enthuse young people about nuclear energy and potential careers in the sector.

Big Bang 2016- Volunteers

Following the success of national Big Bang event, the organiser now run regional fairs around the country, some of which the Nuclear Institute is involved with through volunteers at our regional branches.

This is key at a time of growth for the nuclear industry, with new power stations planned for the UK, offering a wealth of opportunity for a new generation of scientists, engineers and other professions to be involved in the work.

The Nuclear Institute has an active educational and public outreach programme, of which our presence at the Big Bang Fair is a part. Other activities include working with organisations, such as NSAN (National Skills Academy for Nuclear) and the ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board), to promote education and training schemes and scholarships. For more information on our activities visit the news section of our website or subscribe to receive our free monthly e-newsletter

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