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Big Bang Digital 2020

The Big Bang is back and this time, it’s digital! Give your students an inspirational insight into the world of science, engineering and the amazing work of scientists and engineers in a pandemic.

Big Bang Digital 2020

Big Bang Digital – Science, engineering & Covid-19 gives students the chance to hear from people working in science and engineering during the pandemic. It celebrates their achievements, hears about challenges, innovation and collaboration and explores some upsides to lockdown.

Broadcast live in July 2020, Big Bang Digital is now available on demand.

Students will hear from the people using their skills and experience to fight Covid-19 on the frontline, to keep things moving, keep the lights on and keep food in the shops. They’ll discover how people have been supporting the environment and promoting wellbeing.

TV & Radio Science Presenter, Podcaster & YouTuber Greg Foot is the host, bringing his usual energy and enthusiasm to the session. Greg explores the topics with a range of guests, putting questions from students to the experts.

Big Bang Digital is full of fantastic sessions to show young people the amazing things you can achieve in STEM. It also includes a key workers tribute show by Gastronaut Stefan Gates presenting a stunning scientific adventure through the colours of the rainbow.

A recording of the day’s live stream and the 16 individual sessions are available on demand on any device and can be watched at home or in school.

If you want to inspire more young people to consider a career in STEM, point them to #BigBangDigital.


Individual sessions are up to 20 mins each. The full recording of the live stream runs for 5 hours.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • 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
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Structures, construction and 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:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education

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.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

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

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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