Plant & Works Engineering
Redefine the future at Big Bang Digital
Published:  01 June, 2021

Students will have the chance to redefine their future and change the world with STEM through Big Bang Digital, a special 3-day event being held from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 June.

Covering topics such as climate change, technology, medicine, food production and energy, the online event will challenge students to explore solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the world and discover amazing new developments they could become part of.

At the end of last year’s inaugural event, 80% of young people watching said they would now consider a future career in science, technology engineering or medicine. This year’s event is a mix of inspiring and interactive live and parallel sessions aimed towards 11- to 14-year-olds and teachers need to register their classes through the website.

Students will hear from inspirational role models, get opportunities to ask questions and find out how to help build a sustainable future with STEM.

Wednesday’s theme is focused on ‘Solving human challenges with STEM’ and features the 350 careers available in the NHS, Gastronaut Stefan Gates with a new show called ‘Adventures in ecoscience’ and a session from the Institution of Engineering and Technology about the climate crisis with Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Ella Podmore, a materials engineer at McLaren Automotive. Timed to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day, students will have the chance to hear from inspirational role models as part of the ‘Meet the future you’ careers panel. The winners of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition including the coveted titles of GSK UK Young Engineer and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 23 June.

‘Technology changing the world’ is the focus on Thursday’s sessions. This includes sessions on mission to Mars, the future of transport, and careers inspiration from scientists and engineers who are using technology to build a brighter future. Students will also have the chance to hear about the internet and network heroes from Openreach and the unseen world from Leonardo, in which students will learn about clever technologies being used to preserve our home, planet Earth.

The final day of Big Bang Digital will be focused on climate change and the environment and includes a session from young environmental activists and a show from The Royal Institution looking at wonderful ways to cool the planet.

Schools can register for Big Bang Digital through the website