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The Big Bang Fair 2024

Spark curiosity and challenge your students’ perceptions at the UK’s biggest celebration of STEM for young people, welcoming students in the last year of primary school!

The Big Bang Fair 2024

Spark curiosity and challenge your students’ perception of STEM at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair. Don't miss your chance to get inspired - book now!

The UK’s biggest STEM celebration for young people returns to the NEC in Birmingham from 19 to 21 June 2024.

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 2024 is open to groups from state-funded schools for young people in:

  • England and Wales: year 6 to year 8 
  • Northern Ireland: year 7 to year 9
  • Scotland: P7 to S2

Specialist and SEND schools are also eligible to attend The Big Bang Fair.

The Fair is open to schools in half-day sessions.  Schools will be able to register for morning (9am to 12pm) or afternoon (1pm to 4pm) sessions.  

Schools may book one group per session, limited to 100 in size (including adults).


The Big Bang Fair is free to attend. Registration for The Big Bang Fair is now open - we can't wait to see you there!

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


  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Materials
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • Earth and space
  • Seasonal changes
  • Forces
  • States of matter
  • Computing
  • Structures
  • Mechanisms

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Making predictions
  • Observing and measuring
  • Interpreting and communicating results

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.

Good for a career in...

  • Aircraft
  • Art
  • Beauty
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Medicine and healthcare
  • Music
  • Space
  • Sport
  • Rail and road transport
  • Water
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