Along with other leading engineering companies, we recently took part in the 2019 Big Bang Fair – supporting the very important STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) message for young people.
Over the four days of the fair, which took place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, we played host to over 80,000 visitors.
This year, our stand was resourced by volunteers from our New Talent Programmes; who championed the STEM agenda and told their own stories of how they started their careers in STEM and with National Grid.
TV presenter Fran Scott provided a team who held ‘teach-ins’ on gas and electricity throughout the four days, to help the young visitors understand the role of engineering at National Grid.
As well as the demonstrations, visitors to our stand experienced immersive headsets that gave them the opportunity to view a substation. The stand was also equipped with the Project GRAID (gas robotic agile inspection device) robot and video, and thermal imaging equipment; providing youngsters with the chance to understand how National Grid manages to locate possible faults on the high-voltage network.
About Big Bang
The annual Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the UK’s largest celebration of STEM for young people.
The aim of the fair is to demonstrate to visitors (primarily aged 7 to 19) the exciting and rewarding opportunities available in engineering and science. By bringing STEM to life at the fair, we try to help young people make informed subject choices in their final years of school education.
If you would like more information around STEM, please contact Bryan Ashford.