Whilst still flying high the success of BigBang@Butlin’s in Bognor earlier this month, where local businesses, colleges and universities opened the eyes of over 500 students to the possibilities of engineering, the STEM train keeps rolling as dates for the Big Bang Fair South East are announced.

Led by EngineeringUK, the Big Bang Fair is supported by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as numerous sponsors from industry, the Big Bang Fair South East is the largest regional Big Bang event. Last year, more than 9,000 students and teachers attended, a dramatic increase on the nearly 2,000 attendees who attended our inaugural event back in 2012. Exciting and impactful, its aim is to inspire the next generation of young people to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers.

Historically the event has been a one day event but for the first time this year it will be held over two days offering the chance for more young people to attend. Students aged between 9 and 19 years will be able to engage in a range of interactive workshops, shows and activities being provided by over 250 local employers, HE and FE institutions and professional engineering bodies.

The importance of STEM in coastal areas is undervalued. Caroline Wood, director of Coastal West Sussex Economic Partnership (CWS) says: “It is only by investing in our young people and giving them the skills they need to thrive that we will be able to raise the economic performance of the coast.

The event is set to take place at the South of England Showground in Haywards Heath on June 27th & 28th. Click here for more info.