This year we saw the return of the BIG BANG STEM Careers Fair, we were in attendance from the 21st to 24th June to talk about aviation and aerospace careers. There were 30,000 attendees this year with the Thursday seeing over 13,000 children all there to speak to engineers and employers and discover more options. Some schools attended from Enfield and Devon do it attracted people from far and wide seeking to reach careers goals.
The Royal Aeronautical Society careers stand was filled with paper airplane designed by Richard Gearing MRAeS, foam gliders, Microsoft flight sim and a wealth of knowledge from out volunteers. Volunteers were face with questions such as. What is your job? What is your usual day like? Did you do a degree? Or how do you fold this plane? It was great to see the interest shown by such young children with one 12 year old girl expressing “ I am hoping to work in artificial intelligence, I’m not sure what exactly to specialize in yet.” If this doesn’t show hope for the future I’m not sure what does.
We were surrounded many great aerospace and aviation companies such as, Rolls Royce, RAF and Leonardo, who had a robot challenge as well as other demonstrations proving very popular.
Teachers and youth group leaders also turned out in force and showed great interest in out resources as well as the Falcon 2 Challenge launching in September. On the Thursday we saw the late opening where parents were able to attend with their children whether it was due to sensory issues, accessibility or homeschooling, there was a chance for everyone to attend.
This was a smaller Big Bang Fair compared to the past and we hope that they are able to return to full size in future. If you missed it there are still resources available to view on their website The Big Bang – The Big Bang