The Big Bang Fair was opened, this year, by the cheers and screams of hundreds of excited school children, as part of a science experiment coordinated by Greg Foot and Vince Cable MP.
The noise-ometer hit the roof on the decibel level, marking the start of the Fair and the opening of the doors. Vince Cable then went and visited some of the stands as well as some of this year’s competitors. He stopped in at the stand from students at Teddington School, where they showed him their project on “backyard science”, where the students had made useful objects out of almost nothing!
Vince Cable wasn’t the only MP to make an appearance at the Competition. David Davis MP visited the stand of one of his constituents – Peter Greenman from Cottingham High School. His project was about crystallography, which it turns out, David had some interest in, as he studied it at university as well.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP also visited the stand of one of his constituents – Richard Philips from Lancaster Royal Grammar School. Richard has designed an air bearing that can reduce the friction on the blades of a wind turbine, so that the torque could be more accurately measured.
Sir Malcolm Bruce visited the stand of Cuthred Sheperd from The Gordon School in Aberdeenshire, who investigated the protein markers for Escherichia coli (E coli) that has moved into the urinary tract of patients causing an investigation.
There was also a very special appearance early this afternoon from Prime Minister, David Cameron. He did a quick tour of the Fair, but also stopped to talk to the competitors from two of the projects in the Finals.