Girl in a classroom at Prep Class At St Mary's Colchester in Essex

Big Bang fair inspires our future STEM workforce

26 March 2019

The University of Essex’s Big Bang event, provided an extensive insight in to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and careers to a group of 30 Year 9 students on Tuesday 26 March.

The girls  participated in a number of interactive workshops, the first of which was a Science Escape Room, where they had to solve a series of puzzles to win a prize. This included cracking a DNA code, using a spectrophotometer to analyse chemicals, and deciphering a key of relatedness for animals. The students also took part in a physiotherapy session and had a go at various exercises, looking at bones and anatomy.

In the Marketplace, they had the chance to ask a range of STEM employers from BT, EDF Energy, Essex Wildlife Trust, the RAF and The Detective Project about their experiences of working in the industry. Te group tried out virtual reality headsets and tasted ‘food of the future’ – mealworms and crickets!

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