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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Barrow Big Bang science event proves to be a hit with students

YOUNG people from all around Cumbria in higher education, secondary schools and primaries attended The Big Bang Science Fair at Furness College.

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There were 32 stalls in the college and 21 firms such as OneSubsea, Centrica and Siemens attended.

The loveable robot Oscar was there to entertain the visitors and the Evening Mail held a live blogging session over the two days the event ran.

Some of the 524 secondary school / college students and 780 primary school pupils who attended as well as exhibitors and college staff gave their view from the event on nwemail.co.uk.

The first to take part was Paul Firth, a student at Ulverston Victoria High School. He blogged: "Been doing various activities at Big Bang event at Furness College it's great."

Alex Ashley from Sir John Barrow School blogged: "It is really exciting to be able to find out so much about science in just a few hours. Just simply amazing. Only got here an hour ago and already learnt loads including how they make gas and the robot which is simply amazing."

Kerry Ward, a teacher at Victoria Junior School in Barrow said: "The Big Bang is a truly spectacular event. Exciting and engaging for kids of all ages; it is wonderful to see them so absorbed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

"As a teacher, I have loved every minute. Thank you to all the businesses and companies that have given their time to such a fantastic two days. Well done to the organisers too - a huge success all round!"

Oscar the Robot blogged: "Having a great time at the Big Bang the kids have been fantastic, really interesting stands from the local employers and looking forward to meeting the kids this afternoon from the Primary Schools."

Tony Gill from STEM Cumbria Ltd, the organisers of the event blogged: "Fantastic support from companies and Furness Colleges has made this an exciting and challenging day for all.

"STEM is now a high profile word for pupils and students from all areas of South Cumbria."

Mark Nicholson, Deputy Principal at Furness College blogged: "I get the feeling that all of the public space that we have at Furness College has been waiting for an event such as the Big Bang.

"The enthusiasm that we have seen for STEM learning from youngsters and schools from across the south of Cumbria, has only been matched by that of the many exhibitors that have given their valuable time to make the event such a success.

"A massive thank you from the college must go to all those who have supported the Big Bang in Barrow."

The North Cumbria event will be held at Energus in Workington over November 19-20

The children who attended filled out evaluation forms and were entered into a prie draw to win one of two Android tablets. Todd Newton from Dowdales School and Jack Fenton from Newbarns school won the prize.

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