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The Big Bang Event 2016

9 August 2016

The Big Bang North West 2016 event, organised once again by MerseySTEM, is the largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for young people in the region and provides them with the opportunity to discover the exciting and rewarding STEM based careers available in their local area via fun, interactive activities.

This year’s event was held at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre and attracted over 4,500 people on the day and over 70 organisations were involved in exhibiting, sponsoring or performing.  It had the largest social media following of any regional Big Bang - @TBB_NorthWest (a collective social media reach of 450,000 for the month of July).  This is fantastic news and #BBNW trended on Twitter across the UK.

Given the common application of STEM subjects in the delivery of healthcare, Health Education England (North West) supported this flagship event by funding exhibition space for 12 NHS organisations, including, amongst others, North West Ambulance, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, The Walton Centre, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and the Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust to attend.

Joan Holcroft from the Skills for Health Academy had a key role in coordinating the interest of the NHS organisations to participate in this event. Each of the Trusts presented a range of interactive sessions. These sessions illustrated the diverse and significant ways in which an understanding of STEM subjects is essential in the delivery of healthcare, with the Trusts linking this appreciation to the potential career options open to the young people attending.

Teachers at the event commented: “We were blown away by the wonderful exhibits and stalls!  The range of subject was so diverse and there were so many interesting and exciting things to see.  We had no idea it was going to be so inspiring and enjoyable.”

Overall, almost 100 schools registered from across Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside. Representatives from the Trusts attending indicated this was a really substantial engagement opportunity and is something which should be a ‘must event’ to consider for next year – not least of which it provides the occasion to showcase particular specialist areas within healthcare science professions. Health Education England (North West) will be exploring how the NHS Career Engagement Hubs, which it has supported, can maximise the NHS presence at such events as this is such a valuable opportunity to engage with a large number of young people - some of whom we hope will become part of the future NHS workforce.

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Here’s the link to the MerseySTEM page who organised the event:


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