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13 July 2010 | PR 10/112

The Big Bang East Midlands is a big hit with young people

Des Coleman

TV personality Des Coleman is pictured with pupils from De Lisle RC School in Loughborough at The Big Bang East Midlands.

Almost 300 young people from across the East Midlands recently visited Loughborough University to take part in a special celebration of science and engineering.

The free annual The Big Bang East Midlands, which was hosted this year for the first time by the University, aims to ignite young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and inspire them to follow careers in this rewarding field.

All those who attended presented a project they had completed in one of the STEM areas, which were judged by industry and University experts.  A selection of the top prize winners will now go on to compete at the live finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition taking place at the Excel Centre in London next year.

Outside the judging the event also featured a whole host of fun and engaging hands-on activities and workshops.  These included a chance to measure the speed of your kick using high tech cameras and a pit stop tyre change challenge with the University’s Formula Student team.

Popular TV personality Des Coleman, who is best known for his entertaining weather forecasts on BBC East Midlands TV, also joined in the fun.  He met with some of the young people at the event, learning more about their projects before handing out prizes to the competition winners.

Loughborough University’s event coordinator, Lesley Davis said: “The Big Bang East Midlands was a fantastic day that was enjoyed by all who attended.  It was great to meet so many young people who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths, and I hope this event has inspired them to continue studying in these areas.”

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Notes for editors:

  1. The Big Bang East Midlands is supported by EngineeringUK, the British Science Association and Young Engineers, in partnership with Government, industry and the STEM community.  It is open to 11 to 18 year-olds. Further information can be found at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/eastmidlands

  2. The National Science & Engineering Competition is an initiative of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as a response to a recommendation in Lord Sainsbury’s report ‘The Race to the Top’. It is coordinated by the British Science Association in partnership with Young Engineers and The Big Bang.  The Competition, open to all 11-18 year olds, accepts projects from all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. The finals of the National Science & Engineering Competition are held at The Big Bang. For more information and a full list of sponsors go to www.nationalsciencecompetition.org

  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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