This Thursday, Bristol will host its first ever regional Big Bang science fair. A two-day event focussing on the careers students can get involved in for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

With two floors spanning most of the Trinity Arts Centre in Old Market, children from local schools will be shown round both an Enterprise Zone and Research Zone. The Enterprise Zone will consist of local companies running activities, and the Research Zone will be full of scientists from local universities giving hands on demonstrations.

Innovation and Design consultancy, Kinneir Dufort, will be right in the heart of the action in the Enterprise Zone, sponsoring the event and helping the younger generation explore their options available when studying STEM.

At KD (Kinneir Dufort), much of their work involves high tech and mechanical engineering; utilising all aspects of STEM. However, many students of all ages are often unaware that design is a career they can get into if studying these subjects.

To hear from a couple of design engineers how they came to study the subject, see this related article in the Institute of Engineering Designers.

To showcase just how much goes into design, the teams at KD have decided to take a group of their prototypers, marketeers, human factors consultants and indeed engineers to the event, to run an interactive activity, portraying how ideas are taken from concept to fruition.

Find out more?

The event is open to the public from 3-7pm on Thursday 6 July. Why not pop down and say hello? It takes place in the Trinity Arts Centre, Old Market, Bristol.

For more information on the event visit the Big Bang Bristol Science website.

Clare Gosling