Festival at Cirencester College to inspire budding scientist and engineers

Student ambassadors who were showing visitors around the Big Bang events at Cirencester College (7539664)

Max Wade from Isambard school tries to hold his breath underwater to test heart rates at the Big Bang day at Cirencester College (7539667)

Bethany Cook from Thomas Keble school carefully tries the balloon kebab experiment at the Big Bang day at Cirencester College (7539670)

Reuben Kettle from Dyson explains about the changing properties of cornflour to Ella Dunn and Jasmine Mylechreest from Thomas Keble school at the Big Bang day at Cirencester College (7539674)

Severn Vale pupils Anna Rogers, Lee Sibley, Beckham Davis and Bethany McGaughie test out expanding gases watched by Luana Sharp from Dyson at the Big Bang day at Cirencester College (7539681)

Peter Wright from Wonderstruck lies on a bed of nails and puts himself in the firing line as a visiting teacher smashes a concrete block at the Big Bang day at Cirencester College (7539686)

Nick takes a ride in a jet-propelled go kart at the Big Bang day at Cirencester College (7539689)

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OVER a 1000 youngsters from across the district attended a festival at Cirencester College set up to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists and volunteers.

Organised by the college in conjunction with local schools and businesses, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Big Bang festival on June 24 and 25, aimed to stimulate interest in STEM education and help motivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.

As part of the event, students had the opportunity to drive a simulator of the world’s fastest car provided by Bloodhound SSC and make model Bloodhound cars, plus participate in workshops provided by STEM companies such as Dyson, Delphi, EDF, Magnox, Renishaw and GE Aviation

Liam Nolan, one of the organisers and head of science at the college, said: “The idea is in a nutshell is to help students and who have aspirations to do the stem subjects. We hook them in by doing exciting stuff.”

“We encourage them to do stem courses and help them understand that STEM is very exciting. It is about building a community between us and the schools and industries as well.”

Ellinor Harper East (corr), a student at Powell’s Primary School in Cirencester took part in a bath bombs work shop organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

“I thought it was really fun even though it isn’t something I normally do. It was just really enjoyable and really interesting. I probably know more about science than I would have done if I didn’t come here.”

Children were wildly entertained by the explosive ‘Wonderstruck’ science show, led by Peter Wright, which saw him conduct controlled experiments, that included him having his hair set on fire.

They also enjoyed a planetarium and science shows within the comfort of an inflatable ‘Science Dome’.









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