Exhibition Centre Liverpool welcomed thousands of young scientists to The Big Bang North West, held at the venue for the first time.
Thousands of students took part in experiments and activities, learning about the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Interactive workshops included the opportunity to ‘race’ the fastest man on earth with the Medical Mavericks; take part in Robot Wars with Vex Robotics and mix music with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. The event also facilitated two huge collaborations, 14 NHS trusts from Health Education England hosted medical careers activities, while the region’s colleges and universities joined forces to create The MNCO Zone (sponsored by MNCO). The ScottishPower Show Stage showcased exciting science performances which included CBBC’s Gastronaut.
The semi-final of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition also took place during the exhibition.
Michelle Dow, managing director of MerseySTEM, said: “Real companies, with real opportunities, face-to-face with thousands of young people from right across the North West - The Big Bang North West makes a huge impact on the future economic success of our local region by providing a direct link between schools and businesses.
“This is about plugging the skills gap and ensuring that our children are ready, appropriately qualified and skilled to take up their place in the rapidly developing jobs landscape in the area. It’s so vitally important and, as the team responsible for delivering the event, we’re really excited about its potential.
“The Big Bang North West 2016 was an amazing day of inspiration, you really had to be there to feel the electric atmosphere of thousands of excited young people. Every year we promise to make it bigger and better and we make it happen.”
The Big Bang North West will return to Exhibition Centre Liverpool next year. Amy King, senior exhibition sales manager, said: “The Big Bang North West is a unique event, it was fantastic to see thousands of young people in our venue taking part in all sorts of weird and wonderful experiments.”
Astrazeneca Liverpool was the headline sponsor for the event and now organisers are encouraging businesses to engage with next year’s exhibition.
Michelle added: “The Big Bang North West is about inspiring young people to pursue careers in the STEM sectors so we would like to encourage as many organisations as possible to get involved with next year’s event at Exhibition Centre Liverpool and engage with the next generation of STEM professionals.”