Gallery: School pupils learn about science at the University of Essex’s Big Bang fair

Saturday, December 21, 2013
4:00 PM

Hundreds of school pupils from across Essex and Suffolk have attended an event at the University of Essex focussed on developing their interest in science, maths, engineering and computing.

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The Big Bang fair took place earlier this week and featured experiments and demonstrations to highlight the University’s excellence in science research. The workshops showcased research ranging from collective crowd behaviour and coral reefs to climate change and how our brains function.

Leading companies and organisations also supported the event - BT, baking specialist Zeelandia, Colchester Zoo and the British Science Association were among them.

Pupils were drawn from around 20 schools in the region including Honywood Community School in Coggeshall, Philip Morant School in Colchester and Clacton County High School

Senior software engineer at Suitcase TV, Samantha Strauss, said a lot of the youngsters were interested in the company’s work helping the BBC deliver live online coverage from music festivals across the UK including Glastonbury.

“It was very encouraging to see the number of female students who came to speak to us during the day,” she added.

Development and technical specialist in bakery at Zeelandia, Andy Taylor, demonstrated some tasty experiments and gave the young people the chance to taste lots of different types of bread from brioche to panettone.

“It is all about getting young people interested and using experiments to show them the science behind the food we eat,” he said.