Inspring students with the Big Bang
HUNDREDS of pupils will be attending events that celebrate all things scientific this weekend.
BigBang@Bucks is a schools science conference scheme to enthuse and inspire students across the county about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM.)
Primary and secondary conferences take place on Monday and Tuesday at the Gateway Conference Centre in Aylesbury and are part of a series of events being staged across the region in conjunction with the Big Bang Fair South East. It is being run by the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust (BLT) in partnership with Science Oxford (SO).
There will be support from local charities and businesses and Year 12 students from several Bucks schools will also be on hand to help the Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils.
Karen Crinyion, strategic lead for STEM at BLT, said: “These conferences are a fantastic opportunity to engage pupils with STEM activities and inspire them to become the scientists, mathematicians and engineers of the future.”
The Bucks final of the Big Science Event – a practical science investigation contest for primary schools run by SO – will also be held on Monday.
Cathy Sturrock, head of education at SO, said: “The Big Science Event is a regional competition for primary schools which challenges them to create and carry out an experiment and then present their findings to a panel of judges. The experiments are brilliant – from ‘What motivates a snail – cabbage or broccoli’ to ‘Which sweets are best for our teeth.’
“We’ve had lots of entries and it’s fantastic we are able to integrate the finals into the BigBang@Bucks conferences, showcasing the work of over 4,000 pupils who have been planning, carrying out and producing posters to show the outcomes of their hands-on investigations.”