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Scientists from Stortford secondary and primary schools take part in Big Bang fair




Herts and Essex High School, Bishops Stortford. KS3 pupils from H&E and Leventhorpe taking part in the Big Bang Fair. Matilda, Hannah and Sai with Neville the African Land Snail - part of their project on Incredible Invertabrates. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7817883)
Herts and Essex High School, Bishops Stortford. KS3 pupils from H&E and Leventhorpe taking part in the Big Bang Fair. Matilda, Hannah and Sai with Neville the African Land Snail - part of their project on Incredible Invertabrates. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7817883)

Science was to the fore as students took part in the Big Bang fair at Herts and Essex High School in Bishop’s Stortford.

The event was part of a national STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects competition, with heats taking place across the country for places in regional finals.

Activities at Herts and Essex High School's Warwick Road campus included primary and secondary school competitions, while the sixth-form centre was the venue for a hands-on STEM careers fair.

Students from Leventhorpe, the secondary school in Sawbridgeworth, and pupils from Manor Fields, Thorn Grove and Windhill21 primaries in Stortford and their contemporaries from Birchanger and Epping were joined by the host school's students.

They were quizzed by STEM ambassador judges to gain a place in the regional Big Bang final at the University of Hertfordshire in the summer.

Scientists and engineers from across education and industry – including GSK, Institute of Civil Engineering, Stansted Airport College, Cyber Prevent, Weston Group, Astra Zenica, Roche, EDT (Engineering Development Trust), Manchester Airports Group and YC Herts – highlighted the job opportunities available to youngsters in the future.

Victoria Clayden Smith, deputy head of Stansted Airport College, said: “What a fabulous event! I think the primary school involvement was sheer genius and such a great opportunity for us to guide young minds into the STEM industry.

"The girls at the school were amazing, as always – they totally engaged with the activities and asked more about our courses with our trainees. Thank you so much for inviting us – it will be one of the highlights of our calendar next year."



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