‘Out of this world’ learning at Big Bang Event

06 March 2018 | Employers, Engineering, Automotive & Marine, English & Maths, Science

Supported by Babcock International Group, Big Bang @ City College Plymouth returned for a third year and this time it was bigger than ever! The event has now expanded to a full day of interactive activities encouraging budding scientists, techies, engineers and mathematicians to explore STEM opportunities in the City.

Covering everything from cyber threats to cells, seaweed to earthquakes, Big Bang @ City College saw pupils from local primary and secondary schools engage with activities based around science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The pupils got the chance to take part in exciting workshops led by science communicator and TV presenter, Simon Watt. His workshop ‘Playing With Your Food’ took place in the College’s hospitality building and explored the science of cooking.

Medical workshop specialists, Medical Mavericks, gave the young people a chance to monitor and examine their hearts using an ECG and ultrasound machine, see what it’s like to go under the knife with keyhole surgery tools, draw blood from a dummy arm and measure their lung volume and age. The STEM-focused company also talked about the various careers in medicine.

The event featured interactive stands and hands-on activities delivered by a range of local STEM organisations, businesses, employers and City College staff, including: Shark Trust, Becton Dickinson, Biovault, BluescreenIT, Building Plymouth, Careers South West, Engineering Development Trust, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics and The Box.

City College’s STEM Hub Officer, Andy Robinson, said: “This event encourages enjoyment and interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. Big Bang @ City College Plymouth is all about giving young people from across Devon and Cornwall the chance to discover the opportunities and wide range of careers available through STEM subjects.

The range of organisations and activities on the day showcased just some of the fantastic work taking place across the City, whether in marine science, manufacturing or innovative technologies. STEM subjects form a huge part of Plymouth’s economy, and the energy and enthusiasm at the event will hopefully have inspired the next generation of STEM workers.”

Babcock’s Learning and Development Advisor, Amy Bassie, said: “We were delighted to support this year’s Big Bang event. STEM skills are always in high demand and with 2018 being the ‘Year of Engineering’, events like this hopefully engage and enthuse young people to get involved in STEM subjects. It was great to see so many different organisations, businesses and employers; promoting what they do and the range of opportunities available to young people looking to start a career in science, technology, engineering and maths. We have really enjoyed the event and hope it will continue to grow.”

Those interested in STEM subjects or any of the exciting activities going on in the STEM Hub can find out more by visiting cityplym.ac.uk/STEMHub, call 01752 305050 or e-mail STEM@cityplym.ac.uk.

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