An inspirational showcase of science and engineering that brings together over a thousand young people will take place at Furness College in Barrow this week.
The Big Bang Fair will be held on October 18 and 19 to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects through a series of interactive experiments.
The event at the college’s Channelside campus, organised by STEM Cumbria Ltd and the Barrow Engineering Project, enables local businesses to demonstrate the latest technology used in their firms for primary, secondary and further education students.
Andrew Wren, Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College, said the college is committed to helping inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
“This event brings together talented students and their potential future employers,” he said.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to experience innovation in business in a hands-on and fun way and see the creative side of engineering.”
Staff from Furness College – a partner of Choose Cumbria – will demonstrate robotic cranes, a virtual welder and a virtual reality environment using high-tech headsets.
Other partners of Choose Cumbria including the BAE Systems, GSK, Kimberly-Clark, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and University of Cumbria will be exhibiting at the event.
Tony Gill, of STEM Cumbria, said it was a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the wide range of careers available.
“It will be the sixth year we have held The Big Bang Fair and it gets better each time.
“It’s great to be able to hold this at Furness College, which has amazing facilities and a great reputation for training in STEM subjects.
“This is part of a programme of STEM activities in Furness designed to enthuse and excite young people about the potential of STEM careers in the future.”