The Big Bang Fair South East
26 - 27 June 2019

Organised by STEM Sussex, the Big Bang Fair South East is the largest regional event in a national programme led by EngineeringUK. Free for schools to attend, its overall objective is to inspire students to continue studying STEM subjects and pursue STEM careers with a view to reducing the STEM skills gap.

Held at the South of England Showground the event provides a unique festival atmosphere with a mix of marquees, agricultural buildings and outdoor space.

Key activities include:

In 2018, 95% of students surveyed enjoyed themselves and 82% said they learnt a lot by taking part.

Watch the 2018 event video to see why it’s so popular with students, teachers and employers alike.

Our Headline Sponsor for 2019:

Headlines from 2018

  • 10,167 students and teachers attended the Big Bang Fair South East.
  • 187 schools attended from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Essex, Greater London, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex.
  • 60 regional heat entries into the The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.
  • 10 of these projects nominated to go forward to the National Finals in March 2019.
  • 272 activities (including STEM-related stands, workshops and shows) run by 763 individuals from 166 activity providers (includes local employers, professional bodies, educational institutions and STEM organisations).
  • 221 total employers involved.
  • 70 judges (STEM Ambassadors and from industry).
  • 103 volunteers (including STEM Ambassadors and undergraduate students).

We are continuingly working to strengthen the links between STEM businesses and education in the South East.

There are many ways to get involved, including:

  • Showcasing your business with an interactive exhibit or workshop.
  • Judging in the regional heats of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.
  • Volunteering opportunities for staff and STEM Ambassadors.
  • Sponsoring or donating prizes.

If you’d like to be involved in our 2019 event as a sponsor, exhibitor or volunteer please get in touch by email, or by phone on 01273 641874.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition is our biggest annual STEM competition.

Students in full time education (Yrs 7-13) can enter and showcase their idea at our regional event, The Big Bang South East on the 26th June 2019. 

View Competition details here

STEM Sussex coordinates the Big Bang South East programme of events on behalf of Engineering UK supported by delivery partners from across the region. The programme includes Big Bang Near Me events which enable students and STEM organisations to have the great interactive Big Bang event experience on a smaller scale and closer to their schools.

There were 20 ‘little’ Big Bang events across the South East in 2018, and over 13,500 students and teachers from 337 schools attended them.

Contact us to find out how you can be involved.

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