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OFFICIAL GALLERY: Thousands of children inspired at The Big Bang North West 2016!
July 06th 2016

OFFICIAL GALLERY: Thousands of children inspired at The Big Bang North West 2016!

On the 5th of July 2016, thousands of local school children flocked to The Big Bang North West at The Exhibition Centre Liverpool and the region erupted with ingenuity and innovation!

The Big Bang Fair 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Brought to you by Mersey Stem. Featuring Gastronaut and Science 2U. Images by Gareth Jones

Hundreds of North West schools attended, grabbing their chance to hop on a Viking Longboat, race Usain Bolt and experience virtual reality, mad science, robots, coding, forensics, medical magic and so much more.

The Big Bang Fair 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Brought to you by Mersey Stem. Featuring Gastronaut and Science 2U. Images by Gareth Jones

CBBC’s Stefan Gates performed some explosive science! If the flaming whoosh bottle wasn’t enough, the Gastronaut had vomit & strawberry scented smoke rings on the menu!

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Science 2 U wowed the crowd with their pop-tastic cans, fire fountains and a dry ice extravaganza, while Medical Maverick Tom Warrender performed his ‘Human Guinea Pig’ show. Attendees were in awe of his ‘how to scan your retina with an iPhone’ demonstration and more!

The Big Bang Fair 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Brought to you by Mersey Stem. Featuring Gastronaut and Science 2U. Images by Gareth Jones

The Big Bang North West is a STEM celebration for school children and part of a programme led by EngineeringUK. Big Bang events enable young people to discover the exciting and rewarding STEM based careers available in their local area via fun, hands-on activities.

The Big Bang Fair 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Brought to you by Mersey Stem. Featuring Gastronaut and Science 2U. Images by Gareth Jones

In addition the event hosted the semi-final of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition. An exciting opportunity for the thinkers of the future to show off their ideas & inventions and be commended by leaders in the field.

The Big Bang Fair 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Brought to you by Mersey Stem. Featuring Gastronaut and Science 2U. Images by Gareth Jones

With a plethora of prodigious pupil projects, the event showcased young innovation at it’s best!

Mersey Stem Robotics Challenge Grand Final held at Aintree Racecourse. Eight schools made it through to the final with Hillside High School coming out victorious! Pictured are the winning team celebrating Sam Zhen Joseph Leatherbarrow Logan Burke and Harry Naylor Images by Gareth Jones

Organisers MerseySTEM, are well known for doing incredible things to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in schools, business, the community & beyond. Now in their third year of running this sensational STEM celebration, it’s popularity has grown exponentially.

The Big Bang Fair 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Brought to you by Mersey Stem. Featuring Gastronaut and Science 2U. Images by Gareth Jones

MerseySTEM promise the event will get ‘bigger and better’ each year and they’re making it happen. This year along with their fastest bookings & largest attendance figures to date, the event’s live social media coverage ‘trended’ across the UK!

MerseySTEM Managing Director, Michelle Dow said: “The Big Bang North West was one amazing day of inspiration, you really had to be there to feel the electric atmosphere of thousands of excited young people.

The Big Bang Fair 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Brought to you by Mersey Stem. Featuring Gastronaut and Science 2U. Images by Gareth Jones

It had everything, from the moment you walked through the balloon arch haze, you were hit with the noise of chatter, laughter, and all round happy people. Exhibitors were fantastic, they engaged and inspired all day.

The Big Bang Fair 2016 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Brought to you by Mersey Stem. Featuring Gastronaut and Science 2U. Images by Gareth Jones

The show stage was standing room only, I had goose pimples watching the looks on everyone’s faces, young and old who were shown how much fun Science can be. I overheard careers in engineering being discussed, linking maths and physics to real opportunities from companies in our area. Technology on every level was everywhere you couldn’t move for gadgets and gizmos!

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A massive thanks to our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, judges and team MerseySTEM who worked so hard to make the Big Bang North West an absolute triumph. See you all next year for an even bigger Big Bang North West!!”

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AstraZeneca returned as Headline Sponsor for the event and were excited to be a part of it. Simon Willocks of AstraZeneca Liverpool said: “AstraZeneca in the North West, as headline sponsor for the Big Bang Fair 2016 we were once again greatly impressed by the engagement and enthusiasm of the 6000 students and teachers who attended,  the promotion of STEM subjects with  “hands-on” activities led by our very own Scientist , Engineers, Technical Experts and Apprentices provided a great insight to our industry, work place activities and career opportunities in the hope that  we were able to inspire the next generation whilst supporting employee collaboration and engagement  – making AstraZeneca a Great Place to Work. A fantastic event for all who attended!”

The Big Bang North West was also sponsored and supported by ScottishPower, Merseyside Network for Collaborative Outreach, Health Education England (North West), Carillion Kier (Joint Venture), Unilever, Sellafield, Alstom, GETRAG Ford & Air Products.

What an inspirational event to be a part of!

OFFICIAL GALLERY: Flick through the images below to relive The Big Bang North West!

MERSEYSTEM: THE BIG BANG NORTH WEST 2016 OFFICIAL IMAGES

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