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The Big Bang @ the University of Essex

What is the Big Bang?

The national Big Bang programme is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. It was established by Engineering UK (EUK) in 2009.

We have delivered The Big Bang @ The University of Essex since 2013, hosting schools from across Essex, Suffolk and East London.

What does the day involve?

The Big Bang @ Essex is a one-day event for Year 9 students, who visit a range of workshops, our interactive STEM Marketplace and our headline show throughout the day.

The Big Bang @ Essex 2019 will centre around the crucial theme of ‘Preserve our Planet’. There’s never been a more pressing time to conserve Earth’s most precious resources, and throughout the day, your students will learn the vital roles that science, technology, engineering and maths can all play in saving our world for the future.

This year’s headline show will be provided by Ian B Dunne, a fantastic science communicator who presents intriguing concepts in brilliant ways.

Ian’s stand-up, one-man science shows are entertaining… Hold on, that’s not the right word. They are more than that: engaging, amusing and inspiring. He has toured the country to bring the wonder of science to all, and is now set to do the same at The Big Bang @ Essex 2019.

On top of that, your students can look forward to two interactive workshops of your choice, as well as a tour of our sensational marketplace. With exhibitors including BT, EDF Energy, Essex Wildlife Trust, the RAF and The Detective Project, it’s sure to be one to remember.

When does it happen?

The Big Bang @ Essex 2019 will take place on Tuesday 26 March 2019, between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

How to book

The Big Bang @ The University of Essex is now fully booked.

However, if you wish to add your school to our waiting list, please complete our online form and a member of our team will be in touch if additional places become available.

The Big Bang @ Essex 2018

Thanks to all schools and exhibitors who joined us this year for another fantastic Big Bang @ Essex!

With Marketplace exhibitors including Medical Mavericks, the Institution of Civil Engineers, Leonardo, Affinity Water, the Royal Navy and academics from the University of Essex, as well as Simon Watt from Ready, Steady, Science! as our headline show, it was definitely one to remember.

See for yourself in our Big Bang @ Essex 2018 video!

The Big Bang 2018

Watch The Big Bang 2018 on Vimeo

Student and teacher Testimonials

"It was hands-on and interactive, all the students were interested, and it was fun!"
"The Big Bang makes STEM interesting and fun…it shows the wide range of opportunities out there."
"Fantastic again! We will be back!"

Exhibitors and workshop providers: Register your interest

If your business or organisation would like to run a workshop or present in our interactive Marketplace, please send an email to