How will you end the term with a big bang?

Imagine a school day where you learn how vaccines work, discuss the plastic pollution that threatens our oceans, explore how drones are used in socially distanced farming, consider how our water and rail services keep running in the midst of a pandemic, learn about low-cost ventilators, and go on a Gastronaut adventure! Oh, and did we mention the Q and A sessions with world-renowned scientists and the exclusive videos from Sir David Attenborough?

If you’re a STEAM-mad student, you’ll be itching to know how you can take part in such a day, and if you’re a teacher, you’ll be delighted – and relieved – to know that you can provide this learning experience for your students with minimal organisation on your part!

Aimed at students aged 11+, The Big Bang Digital 2020 is a free online science and engineering event. Taking place on Tuesday 14th July, the day will allow students to hear from a range of inspiring scientists, healthcare professionals, engineers, technicians and students who are all responding to Covid-19.

The day, hosted by presenter, podcaster and YouTuber Greg Foot, will run from 10am to 4pm. Sessions vary in length and many are followed by a live Q and A session with the host. Highlights of the day will include student-led conversations with Nobel Prize winner and director of the Crick Institute, Sir Paul Nurse, and Wellcome Trust director and SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) member, Sir Jeremy Farrar.

Big Bang Digital 2020 is being described as a ‘a celebration of the work of scientists and engineers in a pandemic.’ End of school year celebrations are always exciting, but, as teachers and students alike look ahead to a respite after a term that has been daunting in many ways, this academic year definitely needs to go out with a celebratory ‘big bang’!

Make a note in your diary: Tuesday 14th July 2020, from 10am until 4pm