1,800 students gather at Elvington museum for Big Bang fair

Ian Reed with Jan Leeming.
Ian Reed with Jan Leeming.

Young innovators from around the north of England converged on the yesterday (27 June) Yorkshire Air Museum for a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fair.

The museum hosted The Big Bang Yorkshire and Humber, which was attended by 1,800 students and officially opened by TV presenter Jan Leeming.

Organised by North Yorkshire Business Education Partnership (NYBEP), the event is designed to enthuse young people and celebrate their achievements in STEM subject areas, ultimately inspiring them to follow careers in these rewarding fields.

Ian Reed, museum director, said: “In 13 years we have developed this jointly with NYBEP and other supporters to create the largest regional event in the country.”

During the day, 150 STEM projects completed by young people across 12 categories were showcased and judged at the event. Other highlights included a solar boat competition, which more than 40 teams entered with their vehicles. Meanwhile, three awards were given to students whose project has the greatest potential to successfully take to the market.