The Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Everything we do is aimed at showing young people (primarily aged 7 -19) just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.

Through our UK event (The Big Bang Fair) which takes place every year in March, and through a series of regional, local events and at school events we work with partner organisations across business and industry, government and academia to try and give a flavour of the real scale and diversity of engineering and science in the UK.

The final of the Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge also takes place at The Big Bang Fair.

Since attracting 6,500 visitors to the first Fair in 2009, we’ve grown substantially. From 14-17 March 2018 we welcomed nearly 80,000 visitors to the NEC, Birmingham and amazed them at just how exciting engineering and science can be. But it’s about more than thrills. 

Visitors can meet inspiring engineers and scientists from large multinational corporations and a range of diverse and unique UK companies. Through receiving dedicated careers advice, we know that young people go away with a fresh, new perspective on where their school subjects can lead them. The Big Bang Fair is led by EngineeringUK and delivered by almost 200 organisations from industry as well as public and voluntary sectors.

Visit The Big Bang Fair website.

The Big Bang Fair also hosts the finals of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition. Open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education or training, the competition rewards students who have achieved excellence in a science, technology, engineering or maths project.

Visit The Big Bang Competition website.

What people are saying about us

What people are saying about us

Of course, what people say about us is more important that what we say about ourselves. And, it’s all good. The Big Bang Fair 2018 saw nearly 80,000 students, teachers and parents attend.

Visitors of all ages had a great time:

  • 85% of 11-14 year-olds learnt a lot.
  • 97% of students found the careers information they received useful.
  • 82% of teachers and 88% of parents thought a career in engineering to be desirable for their students or children after attending The Fair.

The vital careers messaging of The Fair has engaged the support of influential supporters, with visitors including  Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clarke and then Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Fair has also captured the imaginations of the media, achieving around 2,000 pieces of coverage from national broadcast and print to regional broadcast, print and trade media, delivering our core STEM careers messages to an even larger audience. Broadcast coverage included BBC Breakfast, BBC News, ITV News, BBC Midlands Today and Radio 5 Live as well as lots of regional radio.

"The Big Bang Fair is a really great place to get schools and companies together to show how interesting science and engineering can be, and show what opportunities are out there in the future for everyone."

Blossom Hill, BAE Systems

"The Big Bang Fair is really impressive, there's lots to see, lots to learn and lots to think about as to what to do when I'm older."

Matthew, visitor

"We're really trying to promote STEM and get our students enthusiastic about it. We're hoping they have a really fun day and that they are inspired to learn more and hopefully to take on science or engineering at A level and go on to study at university."

Dr Stephanie Scott, teacher