Arena set for a Big Bang

Published: 25 June 2019

Organisers Big Bang Fair

Derby City Council and Enterprise for Education are proud to once again be amongst the headline sponsors of the Big Bang East Midlands.

The event on Thursday 27th June at Derby Arena sees young people from across the East Midlands come together to find out about career opportunities in disciplines involving science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), part of the Engineering UK national programme.

This is the fifth time the Council have sponsored the event to ensure that it is held in Derby and this year the event is bigger and better than before. Moving to the Arena means that capacity for the event is up from 2000 to having 4200 young people registered this year.

As well as engaging hands-on activities, have-a-go workshops and inspirational speakers this year will also see ‘sector zones’ throughout the exhibition area for young people to explore, all with the overarching aim of filling the STEM skills gap for the future. Schools can also take part in The Big Bang Competition to find the regional Young Engineer and Young Scientist of the Year.

Cllr Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Yong People said:

I’m delighted the Big Bang Fair is coming back to Derby again, bigger and better than ever. This is a great opportunity for the young people in our City to learn more about careers in STEM. Derby has a fantastic range of employers working in technology and engineering and so it’s also a great opportunity for them to connect with our young people. We’re committed to support of all local young people by raising aspirations through real employer engagement and we hope that the young people attending are inspired by the STEM employers and STEM activities available at the event. Our E4E team have been working hard for a number of years to build these connections and so we know that these kind of events can really inspire young people to take their first steps to a STEM career. I’d also like to thank the generous 800 plus E4E employer volunteers for supporting over 12,000 young people each year.

For more information on how you can support the work of E4E visit enterprise4education or email

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