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Big Bang Schools Event at Discovery Park Aims To Spark A Love of Science

Posted on 29/02/16

Students from schools across Kent will find out from the experts just how fun science, technology, engineering and maths can be – as Discovery Park hosts Kent’s Big Bang event.

The day-long education event organised by Kent and Medway STEM, part of Canterbury Christ Church University takes place on Friday, 18 March with the aim of inspiring a love of STEM subjects.

It will once again include interactive exhibits and workshops and talks run by local companies, many of whom are working on the development of new drugs and treatments at Discovery Park.

Among them will be Pfizer – the global pharmaceutical firm, which retains a significant presence at the Sandwich site. They will be setting future Einsteins a spectacular chemical conundrum.

Other contributors include fellow tenants AlgaeCytes, Kreston Reeves and East Kent College plus the University of Kent, the University of Greenwich, Canterbury Christ Church University, BAE Systems, The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

About 1,000 young scientists will also have their eyes opened to the world of crime scene investigation, how to see in the dark (while defeating the evil SPECTRA organisation) and engineering – with building a roller coaster out of newspaper among the challenges set.

Helen Ward, Director Kent and Medway STEM, said:

“Big Bang provides an opportunity for students to experience the role STEM plays in the economy. It is wonderful to have this opportunity for students from all over the region to meet people for whom STEM is not just a job, it is their passion.”

Kimberley Anderson, Corporate Relations Manager for Discovery Park, said:

“At Discovery Park we are committed to working closely with Kent and Medway STEM, providing opportunities and inspiration for the next generation.

“This event is a great example of that. It was a delight to watch the success of the Big Bang held at Discovery Park last year. The reactions from students said it all. We thank tenants and other companies for getting involved.”

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