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The Big Bang scientists entertain the crowd at a science roadshow, making ice cream using nitrogen oxide. The aim is to grab youngsters’ interest in


science and technology so when the time comes they choose STEMsubjects and go on to a career in science and technology.


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ExplodingMentos in Diet Coke. Scientists show what you can do with a bottle of Coke and someMentos, but more importantly they were


awakening the younger generation’s interest in science. Both science ‘experiments’were NOT to be carried out at home.


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SCIENCE ROADSHOWS STAGED TO ENCOURAGE TEENS TO OPT FOR STEM


UKYoung Scientists and Engineers Fair 2011 visited london recently, inviting young people in Bromley and Croydon to take part in ‘What’s the Matter?’ – an attention grabbing Street Science Roadshow, set out to unleash the passion and skill in young people aged 13–16, generating interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The workshops saw youngsters


making giant water rockets, creating elephant-sized toothpaste and extracting iron from breakfast cornflakes. Exhilarating disappearing acts, giant bubbles and liquid nitrogen ice cream all helped to inspire youngsters about the exciting opportunities open to


them with science, technology and engineering. Paul Jackson, chief executive of


The Big Bang Education CIC, told Technology in Education: “The Street Science Roadshow really brought the world of science and engineering to life for hundreds of young people. Developing a passion for subjects such as science and engineering can open a whole host of new and exciting career opportunities, and this was our chance to inspire our talent of the future. “These skills are vital to the


future growth of the economy and we know that many employers are already experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff skilled in these areas.”


Rachel Boorman, 22, who


attended the event with her younger brother Charlie said: “It was an amazing event.We certainly never had anything like this when I was younger – we just used to read from textbooks in class. The experiments really brought science to life and the kids were all very impressed. Charlie now wants to learn even more about it at school.” Charlie, aged 11, said: “The


experiments were really funny and exciting. I like science at school but didn’t realise until today that there was so much you could do with it. I’d love to be a scientist one day.” Young people are being


encouraged to enter their work


science, technology, engineering ormaths. Entries can come from teams or individuals. Finalists are invited to present


£5,000 SCIENCE COMPETITION BEING HELD


ThE naTionalScience& Engineering Competition is open to all 11–18 year-olds across the UK who have completed a project or activity in any field of


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their project at The Big Bang in March. Here they'll have their own exhibition stand amongst the big household names to show-off all their hard work to journalists, prospective employers and universities – as well as the school groups and VIPs attending the Fair. It’s a great opportunity to display their talents in front of many interested and influential


into the prestigious National Science&Engineering Competition (www.nationalscience competition.org). Open to 11–18 year olds, it’s the perfect opportunity to put their big ideas in the spotlight, with the possibility of achieving top recognition and rewards in the process. Winners of the competition will


be announced at the live finals which take place at The Big Bang – one of the UK’s biggest celebrations of science and engineering. The event is taking place at ICC London ExCeL from 10–12March 2011, and it gives young people the chance to take part in a host of activities.


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people. As well as the great prizes


for both teams and individuals, winners of the senior individual categories are crowned the UK Young Scientist of the Year or the UK Young Engineer of the Year at the award winners’ ceremony. For more information visit


www.thebigbangfair.co.uk /nsec


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