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A free and interactive event that will inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and maths is coming to the Science Museum on Wednesday 22nd June 2011.

The Big Bang London and South East will welcome over 3,000 students, teachers and parents from across the region to enjoy exciting hands-on activities with industry professionals and leading Universities from 10 am- 3pm.

STEMNET (The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Network) is working with organizations including BP, IBM and LEGO to deliver a celebration of science and engineering for young people aged 4-17 years old.

Hands-on demonstrations, Maths Buskers and Science Museum galleries will be available for visitors to enjoy throughout the day. Students will also have the opportunity to quiz scientists about their careers in ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions featuring STEM Ambassadors. Nationally managed by STEMNET, The STEM Ambassador Programme involves 28,000 professional volunteers acting as role models for a very wide range of careers and backgrounds.

STEMNET Chief Executive Kirsten Bodley says: “Introducing young people to STEM Ambassadors at The Big Bang London and South East will enable them to witness the range and scope of professions that use Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) helping them to make informed choice about their professional futures.”

Karen Davies, Head of Learning Resources, Science Museum said, “Through our innovative Learning programmes, products and resources - aimed at both students and teachers, the Science Museum is continuously seeking to engage and inspire young people in science and technology related subjects. For this reason we are delighted to be hosting this year’s Big Bang London and South East in partnership with STEMNET.”

Over 100 local schools are invited to display any exciting projects developed using science, technology, engineering or maths at one of the UK’s most famous museums for the day. Students can compete in a number of competitions including Young Engineers, CREST Award or STEM Club activities to win big prizes at our VIP awards ceremony, hosted by Space scientist, Dr Maggie Aderin and Rachel Riley; star of Channel 4’s ‘Countdown’!

Maggie says: “I am looking to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to continue my work: young people who are able to think expansively and eager to shape the future. The Big Bang London and South East will be an exciting environment where they'll find inspiration, creativity, fun and wonder by the bucketload.”

The Fair is a regional partner of the national event, which was held at the ExCel Centre on 10th- 12th March. Students, teachers and parents who enjoyed The Big Bang or missed the chance to attend, can register now for this free, single-day event!


If you would like to attend, please contact Natasha Warren, Communications Officer on 020 3206 0477

Notes to Editors

1.The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET)

STEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This enables young people to develop their creativity, problem-solving and employability skills, widens their choices and supports the UK’s future competitiveness. STEMNET helps encourage young people to be well informed about STEM, able to engage fully in debate, and make decisions about STEM related issues.

2. Science Museum

For 100 years the Science Museum has been world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions. With around 15,000 objects on public display, the Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise. In 2008/09 the Science Museum was proud to have been awarded the Gold Award for Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit London and a Silver Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Enjoy England. The Science Museum works with a number of partners and retains editorial control over all gallery content.

This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Network (STEMNET) in the following categories: Children & Teenagers, Consumer Technology, Education & Human Resources, Manufacturing, Engineering & Energy, for more information visit