The CREST Team have been out and about for the past month, visiting the many wonderful regional Big Bang Near Me Fairs. We’ve had a fantastic time, seeing all the exciting and innovative project work carried out by students across the country, and getting the chance to meet and chat to lots of you about your projects and about CREST.
There have been 12 fairs held across the country, to celebrate and exhibit STEM project work. The regional heats of the National Science + Engineering Competition  also took place at these events, so there was some tense competition in between the exhibitions, shows and interactive displays. Full lists of prize-winning projects can now be found online on the regional event websites .
A significant proportion of all the projects on display at all The Big Bang Near Me fairs have achieved a CREST Award  at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, making these events the ideal opportunity for students to gain justifiable recognition for their achievements, as well as being a chance to share their fantastic work and enjoy a great day out.
The Big Bang Fairs in the news
We certainly enjoyed celebrating all the project work out there, and it looks like we weren’t the only ones; we’ve found some wonderful examples of schools writing about their experiences at their regional fairs online, and in Glasgow, St Andrews Secondary have even made the local news .
Helsby High School in Liverpool had a great day out  at Big Bang North West, and one of their students will be heading to the finals of the competition at the National Big Bang Fair  in Birmingham in March. Over in Northern Ireland, Wallace High School  and Campbell College  have also been celebrating success, with several of their students’ projects winning prestigious prizes; and at the Big Bang East Midlands, both Catmose College  and John Cleveland College  celebrated their students’ project work, and had a great day exploring the fair.
Sadia Hussain, a biology teacher whose students won awards  at Big Bang Scotland, said “The Big Bang Fair is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to showcase all their hard work and be recognised by industry experts.”
If you have a story or photos from your Big Bang Near Me experience, send them in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org , we love to hear what you’ve been up to!
And if you missed out on attending one of The Big Bang Near Me Fairs this year, it’s still not too late to enter for National Science + Engineering Competition . Online entries for the competition open on Monday 15th July, and the deadline is Thursday 31st October 2013, so if you’ve been inspired by what you’ve seen at the Big Bang Near Me Fairs, or if you’re carrying out an exciting new CREST project this summer, check the website for details, and get involved!