• Children could conduct their own experiments at the interactive event

Thousands flock to The Big Bang North West 2016!

Over 6,000 school children were inspired today as The Big Bang North West 2016 took place at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre.

Bigger and better for 2016, the day featured an enormous list of amazing STEM activities from starlight chemistry, volt experiments, interactive robots to virtual reality gaming!

Organised by Educate Awards sponsors MerseySTEM, The Big Bang North West is a STEM celebration which enables young people to discover the exciting and rewarding science, technology, engineering and maths based careers available in the local area via fun ‘quick hitting’ hands-on action.

Schools from all across the region enjoyed a fun-filled day of STEM learning. Hundreds of colleges, schools and universities visited or exhibited on the day, including Life Sciences UTC, The City of Liverpool College, Rainford High, Summerhill Primary, Wirral Met College, Belvedere Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Sacred Heart Crosby, Deyes High School, Beaumont Collegiate Academy, Notre Dame Catholic College and Holly Lodge Girls’ College.

Exhibitors this year included AstraZeneca, Sellafield Ltd, Unilever, Network Rail, Liverpool Girl Geeks, Scottish Power, Carillion, St Helens College and many, many more.

The CBBC’s Stefan Gates wowed audiences with ‘Eat My Science’. His ‘Gastronaut’ show explored the science of food through live experiments and kept pupils, teachers and professionals entertained with hands on science and explosions!

Elsewhere, the Medical Mavericks brought back ‘The Accelerator’ as school children tried to beat out-run a virtual Usain Bolt!

Science2U’s extravaganza named ‘I Wasn’t Expecting That’ sure lived up to its name as visitors witnessed colour changing chemistry and flash-bang fun. The show featured disappearing gel balls, rocket fuelled whoosh bottles, dry ice spectacular and great balls of flame!

Educate Awards sponsor, Merseyside Network for Collaborative Outreach (MNCO) was also involved this year. The MNCO Zone was dedicated to hands-on, interactive exhibits from its 11 partner institutions, such as Edge Hill University, Riverside College, St Helens College and Hugh Baird College.

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