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The Big Bang @ GTS

Great Torrington School has secured two years worth of funding and will be hosting a Big Bang event, in North Devon, on the 7th October 2016. 

All Year 7s from across North Devon secondary schools were invited to attend and all years 5 & 6 primary school pupils in the Torridge were also invited.

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Big Bang @ GTS - A Great Success

On the 17th December 2015, Great Torrington School held the first Big Bang, an event to raise awareness and inspire pupils into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

Throughout the day there was an array of various workshops, including Space Odyssey (Simon Ould) and his Planetarium Dome, as well as the amazing Peter Wright from Wonderstruck, with his Science in Movie Effects Show.

The Sports Hall was full of fun interactive stands, provide by local employers and organisations from Beran Instruments, TDK Lambda, Eaton Aerospace, Greenfield Engineering & GTD, GCHQ, Institute of Engineering & Technology, Dartmoor Zoo, Sciencedipity, Petroc, Exeter College, Plymouth University, Institute of Physics, WOW Scrapstore & Mrs Recycle and The Royal Navy.

Lisa Hutchings North Devon+, says “The event was a great success with over 500 pupils engaged in STEM activities throughout the day.  The interactive activities certainly proved that Science is more than white coats and test tubes.”  

Mrs Whiteman from GTS says: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Big Bang.  The feedback has been so positive and inspiring, such as “It was the best event of its type I have attended”, “brilliant” and “fantastic event”

It was fabulous to see so many happy young people totally engrossed in STEM activities…hearing Year 6 pupils telling their teachers it was ”The best school trip ever!!”

Exhibitors Greenfield Engineering said ''Wow - what a day! It was fantastic to see the students folding up the baubles and aeroplanes and to see the delight on their faces as the flat profiles came to life in their hands. At one point there were at least 30 students around our stall all eagerly listening and folding up the models. An excellent and well organised event which was thoroughly enjoyed by students and adults.'' Steve Killner Training Officer.

If you would like the opportunity to be involved in the 2016 Big Bang @ GTS, or would like to sponsor the event please contact Lisa Hutchings at North Devon plus on or Jacqui Whiteman at Great Torrington School on

The Big Bang Fair South West Fair 2016 is on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at Exeter University.

Already, we have had an overwhelming response from schools and we have had to close the visitor places available.

If you haven’t managed to book your places this year, there is still a way to be part of The Big Bang Fair South West 2016!

The Big Bang Fair South West 2016

The Big Bang @ PETROC

There are also Big Bang @ PETROC events for primary and secondary pupils. The secondary pupils day is on the 17th March. All North Devon secondary schools are invited to a Big Bang fair at Petroc – the theme is; The World Within your Classroom.

It’s a free event and buses will be laid on. Please contact Cerian Ayres for more information or visit our Facebook page.

By entering a student project into the regional heats of the National Science and Engineering Competition; students will have the opportunity to present their work to be judged by industry experts.

Success on the day is recognised at a glamorous awards ceremony under lights, music and explosions!  The best projects from across the UK will be invited to the National Finals at The Big Bang UK.

All students entering a project to the competition will also get plenty of time to experience the huge interactive exhibition and see one of the fantastic shows!

Watch this video to find out more about the competition.

Click here to register project entries

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