STEM activities inspire school pupils at The Big Bang @ Bournemouth & Poole College

Pupils taking part in the LUSH workshop in the college's STEM Centre labs

The Big Bang event, held recently at the college, was a two-day hands-on experience aimed at inspiring young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Big Bang Near Me has become an annual fixture in the college’s summer calendar, and is part of a national network of events held at locations across the UK.

The event also incorporated ‘Careers College’ in collaboration with the 14-19 Team and Bournemouth University.

Groups of pupils were given a fun and exciting insight into what they can expect if they choose a career in a STEM related industry.

Pauline Wright, Business teacher at Poole High School, brought an enthusiastic group of Year 8 and Year 9 pupils to the college’s North Road campus for the second year in succession.

“There is no doubt that the Big Bang event grabs the attention of the pupils. It’s a lively and dynamic day out which is well worth experiencing. I must say it is extremely well organised by the college.

Amy Cannard, a Poole High Year 9 pupil, said: “It really is a fascinating experience, some of the displays are quite dramatic and thought provoking. The forensics display really got us all talking.’’

As well as workshops run by college staff, the pupils took part in a number of activities run by local companies, giving them a real insight in what could be their future career. The companies running workshops included AMEC, Bournemouth University, Cobham Plc, EDT (Engineering Development Trust), XRT-C (Exeter Radio Telescope at Caradon), Hamworthy Heating, Lush , Superior Seals and The Navy & Marine Recruitment.