A group of Year 7 and 8 students attended the Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC in Birmingham, one of the largest celebrations of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. Joseph in Year 8 provides a review of the visit…

One of the first workshops we attended was a challenge which involved coding a robot to follow a specific path on a table. We then went to the Army area where we learned about how Science is used to track people and vehicles on a map, and how special cameras can calculate the elevation of land from a single photograph.

To finish this great experience, we watched a show called ‘The Best Science Experiment of All Time Ever’. In the show there were various experiments and demonstrations, including setting fire to hydrogen balloons (lighting methane straight from the gas canister to make a flamethrower), the science of fire and the fire triangle, mixing dry ice with boiling water and the science behind how miners made gas lamps. The finale involved putting all these experiments together into one huge experiment. 

Overall, we had a great day and learned a lot while doing fun experiments and watching demonstrations. 

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