Big Bang @ Pembrokeshire

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The Big Bang is coming to Pembrokeshire – again!

Take part in interactive workshops and shows or enter your own STEM project in Pembrokeshire!

Bridge Innovation Centre – Tuesday 18th October 2016

Bridge Innovation Centre

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Featuring the F1 in Schools 3D and Jaguar 2D Challenge, the Night Sky Planetarium, Living Light, Nuclear Fusion and BBC Micro Bit workshops.   The event also features shows by BLOODHOUND SSC “An Engineering Adventure” and Science Made Simple’s “Engineering for Life: Cradle to Grave”.

If you would like to attend or enter your team or individual project, please register by completing and returning the booking form below:

After registering to visit, you will be contacted by email to confirm your preferred visit slot and workshops.  Please note these will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

Shows at the Big Bang @Pembrokeshire:



Science Made Simple – Who wants to be a superhero? (Primary schools)

Just what exactly do scientists and engineers do? How do planes fly?  How can we see through the dust in space? How do engineers make playgrounds safer to play in?  How are they saving the planet?

Science Made Simple – Engineering for Life: From the Cradle to the Grave (Secondary schools)

How can engineering let us see inside ourselves, make our lives safer, and push the boundaries of science? This exciting presentation, with lots of demonstrations and audience interaction, reveals how engineering improves our quality of life from before we’re born! Watch a live ultrasound scan, discover how engineers can 3D print a new hip joint, and even how we can preserve our bodies after death!

Bloodhound logo 3Bloodhound SSC – An Engineering Adventure by Dr Ben Evans

The Swansea University BLOODHOUND SSC show demonstrates the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics that has been required to design the world’s fastest car.  It includes demonstrations of rocket chemistry, aerodynamics of sonic booms and the experience of driving at incredibly high speeds.  The show will also provide a live update on progress of this exciting engineering adventure to break the World Land Speed Record.

Workshops at the Big Bang @Pembrokeshire:

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Jaguar 2D Challenge – In this exciting and hands-on session pupils will make their own racing cars from a paper net and race them on a 20 metre


F1 in Schools 3D Challenge – Pupils get to see the digital manufacturing process and assemble a pre-made 3D racing car before racing it on the 20 metre track.

Night Sky Planetarium – Pupils will spend 45 minutes with Mr Rob Woodman who will run a night sky planetarium. The wonders of the universe will unfold under Mr Woodman’s exciting stargazing personality – Professor Brian Cox – eat your heart out!

Living Light – Dr Valerie Morse will explain what bioluminescence is as well as fluorescence and their importance in the marine world.  She will also include demonstrations showing bioluminescence and green fluorescent protein.  Professor Tony Campbell will introduce the medical applications of bioluminescence.

Introduction to Coding – 45 minute session using basic coding skills to complete a series of activities.  Pupils will have a basic understanding of coding and what it can be used for in everyday life.

Nuclear Fusion – Astrophysics is important to Nuclear Fusion because the way our sun and all the stars in the universe operates relies on nuclear fusion of hydrogen to produce heat, light and plasma charged particles (solar wind).

Nuclear Fusion on Earth is being researched in order to produce energy for power generation of the future and thereby address the shortage of energy needs worldwide.

Playful Coding – Set up your own Scratch account and learn how to code a simple game in our introduction to programming with Scratch.

Forces – The session on forces will look at:

  • Galileo Galilei
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Various types of forces including Gravity
  • Matter, Energy and Motion – We will also do some simple experiments.

Forces, Energy and Motion in the universe and our solar system and how forces make the solar system, galaxies and universe work.

3D printing with Beetleblocks – Subject to confirmation – a coding workshop using Scratch for 3D printing.  Snap together blocks of code that tell the computer what to draw and how to move around a 3-dimensional stage to create and print a 3D design.