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St. Mary's Catholic High School

Big Bang Fair
Big Bang Fair North West – Tuesday 4th July

This event was held at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool. We took 44 students from Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. The event allowed the students to speak to any exhibitors present who included Chester Zoo, United Utilities, Sellafield Ltd, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), Canal and River Trust, CNC robotics, NHS Education England and Jaguar Land Rover.

The whole event was funded by AstraZeneca, Engineering UK, All About STEM, Alstom, Shaping Futures, Air Products, Carillion Kier and Unilever.

The students got involved in many interactive activities such as controlling the VEX robots, observing a number of different environments using virtual reality including the area around the British Antarctic station (Halley VI) which recently had to be moved due to the large crack in the ice. We saw exciting and very battered robots from the Robot Wars TV programme. A science show was ongoing throughout our visit on a main stage, which was designed to inspire and engage the visiting students. Many North West University departments were present showing some of their projects including the mini Formula One car, which students had the opportunity to sit in. Mr Quinn managed to practice his welding skills again using virtual reality.

For the less squeamish students, they had a go at working in the live operating theatre, which allowed them to examine bodily organs and take the pulse from body models. The students appeared to really enjoy wearing the hospital garments they had acquired. Some students played with the non-Newtonian fluid in a small paddling pool which allowed them to examine the associated properties.

A great time was had by all. We returned home with our bright orange goody bags and we look forward to going again next year!

Dr. Rosser, Mr Jones, Mr Quinn & Mrs Mort.

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