Big Bang Fair at Richard Taunton gets an ‘Incredible Reaction’

26th June 2018

We recently hosted yet another hugely successful Big Bang Fair where students from across Hampshire, including Southampton based schools such as Regents Park College, Testwood Sports College and Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill, came to see classroom theory brought to life and to discover some of the exciting career opportunities that exist within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

We were joined by local universities and STEM industry professionals who worked alongside our very own science team, and current A Level science students, to put on an exciting programme of activities and events. These included:

  • The University of Southampton’s inflatable astrodome planetarium
  • CPR training with the University of Portsmouth
  • An animal dissection workshop
  • Career speed networking with professionals from STEM industries
  • Experiments demonstrated by an Exxon Mobil engineer such as the borealis flame and a levitating mug.
  • A guided tour of Southampton Solent University’s broadcasting truck, used by university audio engineering and on occasion by the BBC. The students saw how sound and images were captured and edited together.

Patrick Sear, one of our current students who attended the event, says, “It was great working with such inquisitive students who were interested in studying science at college. I had a fantastic time participating with the activities too. I particularly enjoyed the astrodome planetarium as it was something you don’t get to experience every day. I also found the speed networking to be very interesting and I learnt more about potential careers that I could pursue in the STEM industry.”

Alex Johnston, our science teacher and event organiser, says, “Thank you so much to our industry partners for their wonderful input. The day was a huge success and it was great to see so many young students showing a keen interest in science. The future of STEM is looking bright!”

STEM industries are at the forefront of innovation and we are thrilled that, once again, we were able to play our part in helping to inspire and encourage young people from our local community to consider a career in this field.