Students get ready for the Big Bang

Birmingham NEC was the destination for students at The Academy Grimsby when they visited The Big Bang Fair. Focusing on Engineering and Science, The Big Bang Fair had hundreds of stalls, talks and stands for the students to engage with and enhance their learning.

Paul Thundercliffe, Head Teacher at The Academy Grimsby, said: “Something like this is vital for young people. Learning outside of the classroom uses important skills and the students got a lot out of it. We are building on the academic success of our learners by ensuring they have a grounding in the wider world of work and the opportunities that exist for them.”

One such student was Liam Webster.  Liam said: “There were lots of different activities, which were amazing. I beat everyone’s high score on a windmill challenge which I was very proud about. I found out lots of interesting facts such as the fastest human nerve is 250 miles per hour, which is faster than a Formula 1 car.”

At its heart, The Big Bang is about careers and futures and highlighting the exciting possibilities that exist for young people with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths backgrounds.

With live shows about wind tunnels, robotics, the opportunity to make electricity and much more, there was something for all students from all over the country and the young people from The Academy Grimsby made the most of their day.

The Academy Grimsby Teacher, Chris Read, organised the trip and was impressed with the maturity of the students: “I was extremely proud of the students who attended the Big Bang Fair. Their conduct was exemplary throughout and they were all inspired by the experience. The wide range of exhibits and live performances ensured that our students came away from the fair with a greater knowledge of Engineering and the multitude of possible career pathways that it leads to. It was a fantastic day for our students and our staff.”