March 13 – 16, 2014, The NEC, Birmingham
Registration for The Big Bang Fair 2014 is now open
Free, fun and educational
Following its hugely popular debut in the city in 2012,The Big Bang Fair returns to Birmingham for four days in March 2014 and booking is now open. From games to planes, from fashion to physics, The Fair will bring science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) alive for your students and children, putting their classroom learning in context and taking them on a journey to discover the best they can be. Featuring explosive theatre shows and engaging, immersive activities, The Fair is more than just a great day out; it’s an opportunity to meet some of the country’s leading scientists and engineers and to discover how school subjects can lead to fantastic, rewarding careers.
***Please note: Following visitor feedback, all shows will be operated on a first come first served basis on each day. We endeavour to put systems in place to ensure you can make the most of your time at the Fair.***
The Fair takes place at the NEC, in Birmingham, from March 13 to 16, and a team from the University of Southampton will be on hand to challenge you in a range of interactive demonstrations exploring the innovative research taking place at the University.
Marvel at the wonders of the skies – March 13-16, 2014
Explore the secrets our Universe has to offer by stepping inside our mobile planetarium – the Soton Astrodome. Southampton students will guide you through the wonders of the night sky and explain more about the pioneering astrophysics research being carried out at the University.
Get up close to Erica the Rhino – March 13–16, 2014
She grunts and snorts and even responds to tweets. Erica the Rhino is an almost lifesize, fibreglass rhino that can react to the environment around her. Adapted by Electronics and Computer Science students, Erica is powered by Raspberry Pis, sensors, LEDs and sound output. Visit our stand to find out how we brought Erica to life.
Leading the way with laser technology – March 16, 2014
Be dazzled with our hands-on activities demonstrating how telephone, video and messaged data is sent around the world using lasers. Play with mirrors, lenses and transistors and learn more about our world-leading research into particle physics.
Signal and Noise – March 13-16, 2014
How do we use mathematics to find patterns in the world? The world is full of information, but can we ignore the ‘noise’ we don’t want and find the ‘signal’ that is hidden underneath?
- Can mathematics help us find out other people’s secrets, and keep our own? Become an amateur mathematical James Bond and have a go at cracking a code. Find out about the annual National Cipher challenge where we encourage schools to break increasingly difficult codes and ciphers.
- Using only jelly beans, a kebab stick, and a small amount of sticky tape, we demonstrate how gravity is transmitted in the form of a wave. Visit our stand to take part in this unusual experiment and find out about gravitational waves.
- Could you use statistics to win a million? Take part in various games of chance and see if you can find the pattern that allows you to predict the world, and win your first million.
To find out more about the exciting research being carried out at the University of Southampton visitwww.southampton.ac.uk
For more information about the Big Bang Fair visitwww.thebigbangfair.co.uk