Promoting STEM Skills for the Welsh Economy

Big Bang Cymru


BigBangCymru

Over 70 teams of budding scientists and young entrepreneurs gathered from schools and colleges throughout Wales for national event, Big Bang Cymru.

Showcasing the creations of pupils from across Wales between the ages of 12-19, the day-long event was attended by over 30 schools and colleges from throughout Wales, many of which entered several student projects for the Welsh heat of the prestigious National Science and Engineering Competition run by Big Bang.

The National Science and Engineering Competition showcases the best projects from the areas of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM). The ten best Big Bang Cymru entries have now been invited to The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair next March, where winners can get a share of the £50,000 prize and trips abroad.

Student projects were also competing for the prestigious British Science Association CREST Award, the Young Engineer for Britain Competition and the national STEM Club awards.

STEM subject inspired inventions that were created by the students included baby safety equipment using fibre optic laser sensor technology to detect a baby’s motion and breathing, a mechanism to crush aluminum cans, a device to measure foetal contractions during labour and clothing designs inspired by the wild outdoors.

During the day students also took part in a range of events and workshops which included a whistle-stop tour of adventure sports and the science behind them with Science Junkies, a workshop focusing on the engineering challenge faced by land speed record breaker Bloodhound SSC and a look at rocket technology and velocity with Space Connections.

Ray Collier, Chief Executive of Careers Wales West who organised Big Bang Cymru said: “STEM subjects have long been identified as a key factor to ensure that Wales has the skills to forge a sustainable economy for its future, and events like Big Bang Cymru are evidence that our students are brimming with extremely intelligent, well thought through and truly inspiring ideas.

“The attendance at Big Bang Cymru has been exceptional and the level of attention to detail in each of the projects has been highly commendable. I am confident that students will have been excited and enthused by Big Bang Cymru, and as Wales' premier STEM event it has given them an exceptional opportunity to show what they can do and gain confidence in their abilities.”

For more information on The Big Bang Cymru, visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/wales/ For further information on the National Science & Engineering Competition, go to www.nationalsciencecompetition.org

Further details of the Young Engineer for Britain competition is at www.youngeng.org/index.asp?page=66 For more on CREST, visit www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest

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