The Big Bang @ Cirencester

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On Wednesday 20 March 2013, four students took part in The Big Bang, "the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK".

This report comes from second-year DTC student Emily Holt.

Harriet Manning, Stephen Wood, Adam Jackson and myself went to Cirencester College to take part in their Big Bang event as part of National Science and Engineering Week. 200 primary school and 500 secondary school kids from 16 schools visited the event where we did energy-related activities with them.

Using PVA glue, corn flour and borax solution, the kids got their hands messy as they made bouncy balls. For the younger children this was a fun science experiment. However many of the older kids asked questions about how it worked, allowing us to give them a basic understanding of polymers and energy.

We used a ‘bounce-o-meter’ to test how well their bouncy balls could bounce. The kids also used a dynamo to investigate the energy input required to light up three different light bulbs showing them more efficient ways to light their homes.

The stand before the event with the light exhibit (left) and bouncy ball materials (right)

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