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ON the 10th of July 2018, The Big Bang North West hits The Exhibition Centre Liverpool and thousands of young people from across the region will celebrate STEM as they enjoy exciting exhibits, sensational shows and ingenious innovation.

The Big Bang North West is a STEM celebration for school children and part of a programme led by EngineeringUK. Big Bang events enable young people to discover the exciting and rewarding STEM based careers available in their local area via fun, hands-on activities. Adding to the excitement, the event hosts the semi-final of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

Visitors to the event can immerses themselves in virtual & augmented reality, enjoy sensational science & fire shows, dry ice, gadgets, robots, coding, forensics, creatures, slime, medical magic and more.

All About STEM, the team behind The Big Bang North West, are well known for promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in schools, business, the community & beyond. After running The Big Bang North West for five years, popularity has multiplied, leading the team to move the event to the Exhibition Centre on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront in 2016, double the arena floor in 2017 and increase capacity to 7000 attendees for 2018.

Michelle Dow, All About STEM Managing Director said: “Real companies, with real opportunities, face-to-face with thousands of young people from right across the North West! The Big Bang North West will make a huge impact on the future economic success of our local region by providing a direct link between schools and businesses. This is about plugging the skills gap and ensuring that our children are ready, appropriately qualified and skilled, to take up their place in the rapidly developing jobs landscape in the area.  It’s so vitally important and, as the team responsible for delivering the event, we’re really excited about its potential… and it’s so much fun!”

AstraZeneca will be returning as Headline Sponsor for the event and are excited to be a part of it.

Simon Willocks, Director of Engineering, Facilities & SHE, AstraZeneca said: “AstraZeneca are excited and proud to be headline sponsors, supporting the 2018 Big Bang Fair in partnership with the All About STEM Team for the 5th consecutive year. As a major employer in the Northwest with over 3500 staff working across the field of STEM, the Big Bang Fair is a great opportunity to spark the interest of the next generation and promote the vast array of career options within Science, Technology Engineering and Maths can bring.

“AstraZeneca continues to push the boundaries of STEM to develop and deliver life changing medications that ultimately save lives around the world – what a great reason to go to work every day! With support from the AZ STEM Ambassador Team it is our mission that the Big Bang Fair 2018 will inspire students from across the Northwest to see how their studies and future career choices can equally contribute to society.”

The event is sponsored and supported by leaders in the field including AstraZeneca, Unilever, Air Products, The RAF , ITV, Shaping Futures (a zone of 12 universities & colleges), United Utilities, Atkins Global, hi-impact, Scottish Power, Daresbury Laboratory (STFC), Dock10 TV Studios, Farm Urban, Canal & Rivers Trust, University of Liverpool, Office for Nuclear Regulation & Reaseheath College.

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