The Big Bang
Countdown to a Bigger Bang!
Working with partners Energy Skills Partnership, Food and Drink Federation (Scotland), DG College and the Crichton Trust, DYW DG was delighted to be instrumental in bringing the Big Bang Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fair to Dumfries and Galloway on Friday April 20th 2018. The event was a huge success with students, teachers, career advisors and businesses and now the team are back and planning the Big Bang DG 2019!
“The Big Bang Fair represents an important opportunity to increase awareness of STEM to youngsters in our region” says DYW Programme Manager, Justin Thomas. “DYW DG is keen to support and help move forward the STEM agenda of the region, and ourselves along with our brilliant partners ESP, FDFS, DG College and the Crichton Trust are delighted that we were able to contribute. To now be planning the second one for 2019 is just fantastic!”
The Big Bang DG is located at the stunning grounds of the Crichton Trust’s business park in Dumfries with Easterbrook Hall and the historic Crichton Church Crypt hosting businesses, all of whom offer an interactive STEM activity to highlight exactly what they do and to inspire and inform our regions young people.
The inaugural 2018 event saw 12 secondary schools from across the region participating, with over 380 pupils in attendance. “We had over 40 businesses involved, the majority of which were local” says Justin. “They really committed! Young people and the teachers interacted enthusiastically with exhibitors and it was superb to see them throwing themselves into the day and taking full advantage of the activities”
Teachers that attended all agreed that the Big Bang should play an important part in the STEM calendar in years to come. Joady Earl, Principal Teacher for Science at Dumfries High School agrees, “Bringing STEM to everybody and getting them to see the relevance in every day life is a challenge. Science is open to all and there is access through different routes. DYW DG and the Big Bang can show students how that can happen and why it’s useful to study science topics”
Wendy Findlay, Employer Support Manager at ESP and Engineering UK adds “Speaking to employers, we saw they were really happy. They inspired the students to engage and show the breadth of opportunities that lie within their industries. We are all delighted to be doing it all again in 2019!”
A follow up event will be held in 2019.
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The Big Bang DG is a DYW presentation of a ESP production in partnership with FDFS and DG College with the support of The Crichton Trust.