Media Release: National science extravaganza showcases Scottish talent

Note to editors – You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to Perth Concert Hall on Monday June 13 2011.

Event (with judging) starts 10am, show at 2pm, awards at 3pm. Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, is due to attend 2.45pm-3.30pm.

THE fascination of everything from computer games and perfume to robots, waste, weather and cars have inspired some of the projects competing for national science and engineering prizes at The Big Bang Scotland next week (Monday 13 June 2011).

Around 280 pupils from nearly 40 schools are gearing up to reveal their scientific innovations and creations at the event.

Judges will include former BBC presenter, Heather ‘the Weather’ Reid, with Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, presenting three Scottish Government-sponsored prizes.

Perth Concert Hall and the neighbouring Perth Museum and Art Gallery will come alive with activities including the ‘Hollywood Science’ show.

Based on the BBC Open University series, one of its stars, Dr Jonathan Hare of Sussex University, will explore how realistic the science behind some of Hollywood’s classic movies and stunts really is, and whether they could really be done in real life.

Dr Hare will call on some of Hollywood’s biggest titles including UP, Speed and Waterworld to explain his work.

Fun and inspiring workshops will also give competitors and visiting schools the chance to stretch their definition of science, playing criminal or detective in fingerprinting activities, identifying insects online and teaching a robot to dance, as well as building a four-metre high tetrahedron using maths, science and teamwork.

The one-day fair will highlight an impressive array of innovations, inventions and investigations underpinned by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), all vying for a range of prestigious awards.

Judging on the day will culminate with an awards ceremony with prizes including Scotland’s Best Overall Science Project and Scotland’s Best Overall Engineering Project.

A selection of winners will also be invited to compete in the final of the National Science and Engineering Competition hosted at The Big Bang UK 2012 at the NEC in Birmingham (15-17 March 2012).

The Big Bang Scotland event incorporates the CREST Awards and Young Engineer for Britain regional competitions.

For more information, visit www.techfestsetpoint.org.uk or www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/scotland – alternatively, contact Jennifer Young, Tayside Manager of organisers TechFest-SetPoint – telephone 1382 308571 or email j.young@abertay.ac.uk



CREST is Britain’s largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) – 25,000 young people have achieved CREST Awards in the last year alone. CREST gives young people aged 11-19 opportunities to explore real world projects in an exciting way: it’s a great way to make STEM creative and engaging – both in and out of the class.

The Young Engineer for Britain competition is the UK’s biggest opportunity for secondary school students (individuals and teams) to showcase their innovative and creative engineering projects and to compete for some amazing prizes. Students may enter projects completed as part of their school coursework i.e. GCSE/A Level/Diploma (or equivalents) or that have been done as part of their own out of school activities. It is free to enter and all types of engineering/technology projects are accepted for this competition.

In addition to The Scottish Water EcoSense Prize, prizes to be awarded at The Big Bang Scotland are The Bill Bryce Trophy, 9 CREST prizes, 12 Young Engineer for Britain Prizes and three prizes sponsored by the Scottish Government – Best Overall Science Project 2011, Best Overall Engineering Project 2011 and there will also be a prize for the Best All Round STEM Club Poster 2011.

The Big Bang Scotland is part of The Big Bang Fair: UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, a national event, which celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s achievement in science and engineering and encourages more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives.

The national Big Bang hosts the finals of the prestigious National Science & Engineering Competition and also kicks off National Science and Engineering Week 2011. For more information, please visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk

Further information will be released in due course.

Please contact Claire Grainger, Grainger Public Relations for more information –

07912 324 264



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