More projects than ever before have been entered into this year’s The Big Bang Yorkshire and Humber – making this one of the largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) celebrations of young talent in the country. The event is taking place at Yorkshire Air Museum on 27th June 2013 and will be officially opened by TV presenter Jan Leeming, winner of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Jan will also select a special ‘Celebrity Award’, for her favourite project from among the 150 entries – a record number.
The Big Bang Yorkshire & Humber, organised by NYBEP Ltd, the regional business education partnership, with support from Science City York and the Yorkshire Air Museum, is one of a series of events held annually across the UK designed to enthuse young people and celebrate their achievements in STEM subject areas, ultimately inspiring them to follow careers in these rewarding fields.
Together with the ever popular Solar Boat Challenge and other workshops and exhibition, some 1800 puils from across the Yorkshire region and beyond will attend the event.
Businesses from across Yorkshire and the Humber, including The Company of Merchant Adventurers in the City of York, Ginetta, Shepherd Group, Nestlé Academy and Food and Drink Federation, The Rotary Club of the York Vikings, University of Leeds, York St John University, York College, the University of York, the National Railway Museum, and York Museums Trust, alongside many more have committed to support the event by providing sponsorship of over 50 awards that celebrate achievements in STEM and enterprise, and giving support on the day through STEM activities to fire the imagination of young people.
150 STEM projects completed by young people across 12 categories will be showcased and judged at the event. A selection of the best will also be nominated to represent the region at the National Science and Engineering Competition in March 2014 with a chance to be crowned UK Young Scientist and Engineer of the year and win prizes of up to £2,000.
Local student Alex Youden of Hymers College, Hull, was Overall Winner of the George Cayley Cup at the regional event in 2012 and a finalist and winner at this year’s national Big Bang Fair in London. Alex, who won the Intermediate Engineering and Technology with his Golf Swing Training Aid, said: ‘This event represents an exciting opportunity for young people to showcase their creativity and emerging enterprise talent to business. The support received from business is invaluable, both at the events and after. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with this year’s entrants in June and handing over the George Cayley Cup to the next worthy winner’.
As Yvonne Emerson, event organiser from NYBEP, explains: ‘Young people have spent hours preparing their project entries, either as part of GCSE and A Level coursework or outside of school and college, in readiness for the event. This event provides a great opportunity for students to showcase their work to business and other young people. This is their chance to shine – the event could provide an important launch pad to help them fulfill their future ambitions.’
Ian Reed, Director of Yorkshire Air Museum added: “Bringing young people to the Yorkshire Air Museum to explore science and technology is wonderful. The Air Museum will be abuzz with ideas and ambition and it looks set to be a truly inspirational event. We hope that another winner from this event will triumph at the national finals once again.”