The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair showcases the best of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) across the UK, and aims to inspire and celebrate the achievements of young people in the sector. The fair brings together the next generation of scientists and engineers.
In addition to the interactive activities, shows and talks, a highlight of the fair is The Big Bang Competition which gives young people the opportunity to compete for awards including the title of GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year and GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year. GSK are proud to sponsor the awards and be a part of The Big Bang Competition, an exciting opportunity for young people across the UK to share their innovative solutions to real-world problems.
The annual competition is open to students aged 11 to 18 and requires the winners to see off hundreds of other inspiring entrants in order to win the award. Winners have gone on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair, participate in the companion Broadcom MASTERS programme and represent the UK in CASTIC – an international science competition in China.
Winners of the 2019 GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year and GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year, received £2,000 prize money to contribute towards their STEM careers, a work experience opportunity at GSK and, a school visit from the ‘Deadly Diseases’ stage show to help their classmates learn more about germs, microorganisms, and the spread of bacteria. In 2018 the winner, Emily Xu, a graduate of James Allen’s girls’ school in Dulwich, received a tour of the GSK labs, an annual pass to the Science Museum Wonderlab and the £2,000 prize money.
Entrants to The Big Bang Competition act as ambassadors to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM. The award is key in highlighting the importance of STEM, showcasing scientific talent and encouraging more young people to seek opportunities as STEM specialists, a profession that currently has a shortage in the UK. The competition provides a way for young people to discover what a future in STEM might look like, considering options such as digital data analysts, technical engineers or medicinal chemistry.
The UK finals of The Big Bang Competition didn’t go ahead as planned following the cancellation of The Big Bang Fair due to the situation with coronavirus. Entrants have been asked to submit their entry digitally, with winners being announced later in the year. Look out for next year’s deadlines and be sure to register for The Big Bang Competition 2021.