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The Big Bang Fair 2022

Spark curiosity and challenge your students’ perceptions at the UK’s biggest celebration of STEM for young people!

The Big Bang Fair 2022

***Registrations for schools groups are now fully booked. If you still want to get stuck in at The Fair, but don't have a ticket yet, you can join the waiting list to be notified of any upcoming availability.***

Spark curiosity and challenge your students’ perception of STEM at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.

The UK’s biggest STEM celebration for young people is returning to the NEC in Birmingham for the first time in 2 years, from 22 to 24 June 2022.

Get inspired by hands-on activities from across the world of science and engineering, discover exciting possibilities and connect to inspiring role models in STEM.

The Big Bang Fair 2022 is open to 11 to 14 year olds, and all hands-on activities and workshops have been specifically created for this age group.

Schools can explore The Fair from 9.30am to 3.30pm, Wednesday 22 June to Friday 24 June; and families, home educators and community groups are welcome to discover the wonders of STEM at the new Big Bang Fair Unlocked, running from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday 23 June.


It is free to attend, but book early to avoid disappointment.

There is a limited number of bursaries available to help with travel or teacher cover, applications for these close on 22 April.


Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • 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 and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment, sound and lighting
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • 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
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • 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.

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

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Inspire inquisitive minds to think big, challenge facts, ask questions and invent solutions with the UK’s top annual science and engineering competition.
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  • Online
  • Flexible project work
  • Free

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