Warwick has had a stand at The Big Bang for several years: it is a hugely popular and well-attended STEM fair in March open to schools and the wider public. It provides a unique opportunity for staff and students to experience engagement with some of the thousands of young people, teachers and parents who attend. It is also a lot of fun!
This year Warwick was represented by colleagues and students from the Departments of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, and the Schools of Engineering and Life Sciences, who provided a range of activities from the drama of levitating superconductors, to the intrigue of maze solving slime, a 3D printer and pen, and maths puzzles. We also ran an engineering design competition and are really looking forward to judging the results.
We provided engagement opportunities to over seventy staff, research students and undergraduate students this year. We will start to plan Big Bang 2019 in the Autumn term 2018, but if you are a member of staff with a good idea for a demo, please do get in touch at any time.
If you are a student keen to offer support, you can express interest through your department. If your department isn’t involved next year, you can still offer to help for one or more half days by emailing us, as you may still have helpful skills and knowledge. We’ll cover your expenses, provide a memorable experience, and give you something to add to your cv.
The Big Bang 2019 will run from 13 – 16 March.