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BIG BANG and getting BIGGER!

Guess where we were last week?

The Big Bang Fair, of course! Where were YOU?

We were  on the Science Museum stand for 3 days, doing experiments from carbon dioxide bubbles to three-way balancing, and meeting lots of excited students, teachers and families.

The Science Museum stand at the Big Bang - always a hive of activity!

The Science Museum stand at the Big Bang - always a hive of activity!

We had a brilliant- if exhausting- time (I see one teacher on the far left who is looking ever more knackered than us!) and were amazed to see how huge the fair has gotten. It’s not just the Big Bang anymore, its the MASSIVE Bang now. It filled two whole giant halls at the Birmingham NEC! It’s exciting to think that in only a few years since its inception, it has become such a massive destination for young people to explore careers in science.

We think the most wonderful, inspiring part of it all are the young scientists who brought their projects to the fair, creating displays to showcase their work and talking to the public and school groups about what they did. Projects as simple and beautiful as multi-density fruit cocktails, or as intricate and brilliant as a washing machine made entirely of salvaged materials – these young engineers and scientists BLEW US AWAY.

They were competing for the Young Engineers of the Year award, and, frankly, all deserved a prize just for being there.

And delightfully, we discovered that one of the judges for the Award is our very own inventor-in-residence, Mark Champkins. He is everywhere these days!

Were you at the Big Bang this year? What did you think?

It’s all fun & games

If you are a teacher, you know that loads of your students enjoy playing computer games… Do you ever use them as a starter for a discussion? 

Kirlian photo of poker symbols

Poker anyone?

Games are great because as well as being an engaging and fun hook for a topic, they can supply enough information for your students to form an opinion on the issue (which as well as empowering them to express their thoughts, helps when you are selecting supporting material for the discussion). 

Here you will find a set of games around nanotech and solar fuel cells, developed by the Royal Society. 

And while you’re at it, this week is the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition! Entry is free and you will find amazing exhibits developed by scientists, get the chance to meet and speak to them about their work, and be inspired by thought-provoking and face-to-face fabulous science. Bookings for schools are now closed but you can contact them if you would like to bring a non-school group of up to 12. 

Summer is a great time for science :)  

Enjoy! 

Micol