Global engineering company Renishaw has renewed its sponsorship of The Big Bang Fair as part of its ongoing commitment to develop the UK's next generation of engineers and scientists.
The Big Bang (UK Young Scientists & Engineers) Fair, taking place this year at the NEC, Birmingham from 13 to 16 March, is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK (aged 7 to 19).
Focussing on the many exciting and rewarding opportunities available with the right experience and qualifications, the fair will offer visitors a wide range of entertaining theatre shows and interactive exhibits, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the country's leading scientists and engineers.
Renishaw’s sponsorship of the Big Bang Fair is in continuation of its commitment to raising awareness of Engineering as a career. The Company's Education Liaison Executive, Julie Collins explains that is increasingly important to encourage young people to study subjects that will give them the qualifications they will require for an interesting and rewarding career in engineering and science. Events such as the Big Bang Fair help to spark the interest of young people and inspire them to keep studying STEM subjects.
This year the Renishaw stand will feature a Renishaw Equator gauging system, enabling young people and their teachers to interact with measurement machinery rarely seen outside of an industrial facility.
The 2013 Big Bang Fair hosted 65,000 visitors of all ages with organisers reporting that over 76% of 12 – 14-year-olds viewed engineering more positively as a result of their visit. Renishaw is working with education establishments and national skills providers to promote the importance of STEM subjects as well as careers in science and engineering to help combat the nationwide shortage of skilled individuals.
The Big Bang Fair is delivered by over 170 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, including EngineeringUK, the British Science Associate and the Institute of Physics.