The Big Bang 2019
Last week, Year 6 were lucky enough to attend the Big Bang @ Northants. This is an annual STEM event held at The Silverstone Wing. For those of you that don’t know, The Silverstone Wing is located in the centre of the world famous Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone. Many of us were very excited to travel around the outside of the circuit in our coach; we had fun spotting racing cars!
We had the opportunity to visit a number of exhibits – all of which were very hands-on. Between us we stroked an armadillo, had a short course in CPR, sat in a racing car built by engineers at Bath University, milked a pretend cow, took part in an experiment about earthquakes, built and tested our own Lego car, played with a water sculpture, had a close encounter with a tarantula and examined an Aston Martin tyre that had been driven around the Silverstone track. We packed a lot in!
We also took part in an immersive experience in a planetarium. This was very impressive! The screen was all around us and so felt almost 3D at times. We took a journey through space and ‘landed’ on one of Jupiter’s moons. The film pondered the question of whether life exists on other planets. Some of us were so engaged that we carried on the discussion in the coach on the way home!
We thoroughly enjoyed our morning and feel inspired to consider STEM careers.