In­spring stu­dents with the Big Bang

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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