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Chichester’s Dome-ful of STEM to star at Big Bang Fair South East

Big Bang South East

Ever wanted to control a robot, build the tallest tower from paper, or create your own boat?

If so your wishes will come true at this year’s Big Bang Fair South East, thanks to the University of Chichester. Big Bang Fair South East is a schools’ science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) which takes place at the South of England Showground on 27 and 28 June.

The University of Chichester will be there with its big inflatable dome, delivering a “Dome-ful of STEM”.

The University is bringing a wide range of fun, science-related interactive projects including:

  • The Vortex Challenge – build the tallest tower you can using paper and see how long it will withstand a smoke and wind machine;
  • Water Board – build a framework of pipes in the Water Board and see how much water you can collect via the pipes, and how quickly;
  • Ozbot Challenge – write code for tiny robots and see them go!
  • Sphero Ball Challenge – could you build a boat using straws which can carry a sphero ball engine across a paddling pool without sinking?

Video footage of the activities is available here – Ozbots as well as Sphero Ball Challenge and here.

Chichester’s attendance at Big Bang Fair South East comes against the backdrop of its development of Tech Park: a £35million state-of-the-art investment on its Bognor Regis campus designed to house new courses in engineering, and existing internationally-recognised courses in creative technologies. Bringing the two together, Tech Park is a world leader in the concept of ‘STEAM’ – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Tech Park is set to welcome its first students in September 2018. As well as creating a new learning environment for students, it will also play a vital role in the local economy and the ‘upskilling’ of the local workforce.

Lesley-Anne Neville, Head of Outreach and College Engagement at the University of Chichester, said: “We are excited to be attending Big Bang Fair South East and we hope that school and college students who attend will enjoy our science-based activities. This is part of a year-long schedule of engagement for us, ranging from activities with individual schools across the region and big events such as this one.”

More information about the University of Chichester is available at www.chi.ac.uk. To find out more about Tech Park please visit www.chi.ac.uk/about-us/engineering-and-digital-technology-park.