"This is a golden opportunity for us to showcase our facilities and some of the amazing learning and teaching that happens here at Staffordshire University in a way that allows young people to get hands-on with a fascinating array of activities."
Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes
Staffordshire University is set to welcome 2000 young people on to campus this month when Big Bang Fair West Midlands 2018 switches venue to Stoke-on-Trent.
The University’s flagship Science Centre, Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre and buildings on Leek Road site, including the Crime Scene House, will play host to the event on Tuesday 19th June which is an offshoot of the parent event which takes place annually at the NEC.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes said: "This is a golden opportunity for us to showcase our facilities and some of the amazing learning and teaching that happens here at Staffordshire University in a way that allows young people to get hands-on with a fascinating array of activities."
"We are delighted with the enthusiastic take up from schools around the country and look forward to giving our visitors a brilliant and friendly welcome and work with the organisers and other exhibitors to help excite them about science and inspire them about their futures."
University activities include experiments on underwater plastics - an activity led by University Associate Professor Clare Gwinnett who was part of a team which found that microplastics are ingested by deep sea creatures including corals, squat lobsters and sea cucumbers.
Other interactive workshops focus on the behaviours of mosquitos and plankton, demonstrations of psychology equipment including driving simulator, EEG to test brain activity, eye tracking, Virtual Reality and lie detectors. Building on its strengths in computer games and the UK’s first ever Esports degree, the University will also be running esports workshops.
All children attending the day will also be issued a pedometer in a bid to clock up enough steps to ‘virtually visit’ Staffordshire University students on work placements around the globe.
Michelle Lewis of Learn By Design said: "We are sad to say goodbye to Coventry and the RICOH arena which has hosted the event for the last 5 years but we are excited about the new partnership with Staffordshire University and the opportunities for a fresh approach that the new area provides. The Big Bang West Midlands will host all of the wonderful STEM exhibitors, workshops and shows that have characterised the event over the last few years."
This includes two planetariums, an accelerator where young people can compete against world famous sprinter Usain Bolt and a ceramics workshop to celebrate Stoke-on-Trent’s industrial heritage.
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