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The Big Bang Competition

Could your student be the next GSK UK Young Scientist or Engineer of the Year?
The Big Bang Competition

The Big Bang Competition recognises and rewards young people's achievements in all areas of STEM, whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work. The Competition is open to all UK residents in full-time education or training.

Competitors enter their projects online via video or written submission and receive guidance from our judges, leaders in industry and academia, to help them continue to build their ideas, skills and confidence. Competitors also have the chance of winning some amazing prizes along the way, including the coveted titles of GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year and GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year.

Any project in the field of STEM can enter – projects ranging from health to the environment and from computing to design and technology; the options are endless! It doesn’t matter if your student conducted their project using simple everyday items or whether they undertook research in a scientific laboratory; it’s all about the idea and the enthusiasm behind it. It could be an invention, a communication campaign or research into solving a problem within the community.


  • Online entry opens: March 2021
  • Online entry closes: early May 2021
  • Finalists announced: early June 2021
  • UK Finals: June 2021

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and Food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • Entertainment
    • General Engineering
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Medicine/Healthcare
    • Space/Aerospace Engineering
    • Sport/Fitness
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

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