Inspiring school children with the magic of STEM at the Big Bang Fair

Worthing College STEM Academy were excited to be at The Big Bang Fair in Ardingly on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June, inspiring school children with the magic of #STEM!

Over 9,000 students took part in a range of interactive workshops, shows and activities and got to try new things. They met engineers, scientists, apprentices and other representatives from local employers to discover what a future career in STEM might look like.

Our stand invited students to interact with skulls, smells and spectroscopy! They got to make their own spectroscopes using old kitchen roll tubes and a CD, identified a variety of skulls including a turtle, rat, heron, sheep, goat, cat, a frog complete skeleton and an armadillo carapace and finally, were tested on whether they could distinguish between peppermint and caraway smells; which have mirror images of the same structural formula, but due to different genetics only 60% of the national population can distinguish the two smells.

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