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Record numbers expected at Big Bang Fair

50,000 people have already registered for this year’s Big Bang Fair – more than double the amount of last year.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair is an annual event that celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. This year The Big Bang Fair is being held at The NEC in Birmingham from March 15 to 17. The first two days are open to school groups and on Saturday the event will be open to the public.

50,000 people have already registered for the free event – more than double the amount of last year.

Chief Executive of The Big Bang, Paul Jackson, said the rise in the number of people attending the event year on year was an indication that young people, their teachers, and parents, were seeking out opportunities to find out more about the exciting and varied science and engineering careers available.

The Big Bang Fair is aimed at showing young people how science and engineering feature in everything they wear, eat and do.

Gastronaut Live is one of the shows at the event. The food stunt show will see visitors entertained and educated by wacky food science, with the show featuring custard powder flame throwing and vegetable orchestras.

Another exhibitor at the show is ‘In the Zone’ - an interactive sporting experience from the Wellcome Trust that lets visitors put their bodies to the test. Making its debut at The Big Bang Fair, the hands-on exhibition has been inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Whilst ‘In the Zone’, expect to be blown away by the exhilarating Science Junkie Live Show. Visitors will get to find out just how Usain Bolt sprints at superhuman speed and see the incredible technology behind Oscar Pistorius' 'Cheetahs'.

Headline acts also include live performances from BBC One’s Bang Goes the Theory and a breath-taking line up of daredevil experiments from Sky TV’s Brainiac Live!

Alton Towers Resort will also be showing thrill seekers the science behind their rides.  Some of the other 120 activities include, Go Global Zone – visitors can discover how to weld big structures using chocolate, and The Next Factor Zone – young people can meet real-life astronomers.

The Big Bang Fair also hosts the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition, which is open to all 11 to 18-year-olds living in the UK and in full-time education.

“With a host of amazing live shows and activities lined up at The Big Bang, we are preparing for our busiest and most successful year ever in Birmingham,” Jackson said.

“The line-up will guarantee a fantastic experience for schools and families, and it’s the perfect opportunity for young people to discover the exciting science and engineering available to them. People should register for free tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

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Find out more about The Big Bang Fair.

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