On Thursday 28th June, forty four Year 8 students were invited to Derby College's Big Bang Fair event. This is an annual open day at the Roundhouse campus site where Primary and Secondary schools from all over the East Midlands are invited to come and experience stalls, demonstrations and exhibits which will hopefully inspire young people to consider careers in Science, Technology or Engineering.
There were plenty of innovative interactive experiences to try. From virtual reality building to live Meerkats and Scorpions, the Fair was packed full of free goodies and inspiring information.
The highlight of the day however, had to be six of our students taking home one of the awards for Big Bang Midlands Competition 2018 The STEM Engine “Moving the Midlands Forward”. The brief “Using Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM), identify and create a product to improve an aspect of the transportation network within the Midlands”
In the students words; "We created an app to improve the independence of visually impaired travellers. Our solution was to have an app that organised a person's journey completely, from home to destination. This would greatly increase the independence of visually impaired travellers, who would otherwise have to rely on someone else to assist them."
The Big Bang competition winners were;