Fancy meeting an astronomer ? Head to ExCeL for the Big Bang

Future scientists, their schools and families are all being urged to hurry along to the UK’s biggest science and engineering fair at ExCeL.

The Big Bang promises 120 fun and interactive activities, exhibitions and shows guaranteed to get young minds excited. They can find out how the liquid crystals in LCD TV can be used for bullet-proof vests, meet real astronomers, and even get in the fast lane to see how McLaren are using the latest technologies in their sports cars.

The free three-day event, The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, and is designed at unleashing passion and excitement in the next generation of scientists and engineers.

To show just how fun and inspiring it can be there will be several zones including:

*Go Global to discover how to weld big structures using chocolate, or you can test your robotic skills by designing and programming a robot to help discover solutions to real world problems;

*The Next Factor to find out how the liquid crystals in your LCD TV can be used for bullet-proof vests and you can meet real-life astronomers who have turned their curiosity for the universe and life beyond earth into a career;

*Body Talk will let you look at your blood up close and visit a Stem Cell Lab of the Future

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*At Capital Hall you can get in the fast lane to see how McLaren are using the latest technologies to create a range of high-performance sports cars.

TV star and physicist Professor Brian Cox, one of The Big Bang’s biggest advocates, will be judging in the finals of the National Science & Engineering Competition. He will be rewarding some of the UK’s most inspiring young talent on March 11.

Although thousands have already registered to attend from March 10 to 12, organisers are urging families and schools to register now for free tickets. March 10 and 11 are for schools with March 12 being open to the public.

For more details or to book your place visit If you or your school are attending, email

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