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18 March 2010 | PR 10/53

Loughborough University to host Big Bang East Midlands

The Big Bang East Midlands fair will be hosted by Loughborough University for the first time in July.

The free annual event is a celebration of science and engineering aimed exclusively at children and young people.  It is being supported by EngineeringUK, the British Science Association and Young Engineers, in partnership with Government, industry and the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community.

Its main aim is to ignite young people’s interest in STEM and inspire them to follow careers in this rewarding field.  The fair is open to 11 to 18 year-olds who have completed a project or activity in any of the STEM areas.  All entrants will have their own stand to present their work, which will be judged by industry and University experts.  Prizes will be awarded and the most impressive entries will go on to compete at the National Science and Engineering Competition taking place in 2011.

There will also be several interactive activities and workshops at the Loughborough event, allowing entrants to explore and experience the power of science, engineering and technology.  Those attending will be able to analyse their football skills using high tech equipment to measure the speed of their kick, get to meet members of the University’s Formula Student Car team and have an opportunity to take control of a simulated nuclear reactor rig.

The Big Bang East Midlands fair is being held on Wednesday July 7 and is being organised by the University’s Engineering and Science Faculties.

The event organisers are looking for the brightest sparks in schools, colleges and STEM clubs across the East Midlands to attend the fair.  There are still places available but these are first come first served so get in quick to avoid missing a great opportunity. Full details of what will be happening on the day and booking information can be found at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/eastmidlands

For further information contact Lesley Davis by emailing L.Davis@lboro.ac.uk or call 01509 227669.


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Judy Wing
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Loughborough University
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E: J.L.Wing@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

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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