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Big Bang Fair introduces Mildenhall pupils to STEM careers

Led by ATT Teaching Award winner Martin Sexton, Mildenhall College Academy took 35 students to the Big Bang fair. This is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fair where organisations from around the country come to show off what they can offer the students.

The fair gives a hands-on experience demonstrating what students can expect from various jobs or whilst studying particular courses. This year there were representatives from the army, RAF, Universities, Roche, Anglian water, IET, Diabetes UK and many more. There were a number of organisations using Virtual Reality to show off what they do, the army brought a Gazelle helicopter which students were allowed to sit in and the River Trust brought in a variety of creatures that can be found in the rivers of the UK.

On top of the exhibits by employers, there were also shows put on by Sirius Astronomy, Mad Science and the Ugly Animal roadshow. The Sirius astronomy show taught students about how rockets work (with a live example) as well as how space suits keep astronauts safe. The Mad Science team showed how we use energy and more importantly why it is so important to use renewable energy sources where possible. Simon from the Ugly Animal roadshow discussed why some of nature’s creatures are not the most aesthetically pleasing to look at.

This year our host, Anglia Ruskin University, also put on some activities themselves. There was a medical research Superlab experience, a digital paramedic experience, an operation theatre experience and a show talking about a career in midwifery.

The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves whilst at the fair with lots of comments such as, ‘I now know the job I want to do when I leave school’.

Abi Finch said ‘I really enjoyed the Science exhibits’, Aaliyah Thompson agreed with Abi saying that ‘ the Science exhibits were fun and exciting’. Millie Smith said that she just ‘enjoyed looking around all of the exhibits’. Riley Palmer commented that he ‘really enjoyed the military exhibits and displays’.

Aaliyah Carvalho, Kiera Mazey and Molly Merrill really enjoyed the Mad Science show with Kinetic Keira (the name she was given when she was chosen to participate) saying that it was intriguing and Molly saying that she learnt a lot.

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