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Aston shines at the Big Bang Fair 2015

Big Bang Fair

27 March 2015

Building DNA structures with jelly babies and liquorice, extracting DNA from fruit and promoting the first ever Lightfest, were just a few ways Aston entertained the young audience at the Big Bang Fair.

The University attended the annual Big Bang Fair, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK from 11 to 14 March at The NEC in Birmingham. The event aims to inspire and motivate future scientists and engineers through exciting hands on activities and interactive exhibits.

Aston were present through the duration of the event with a stand dedicated to DNA structures and the upcoming Lightfest event to be held at the Library of Birmingham, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations since the University’s Royal Charter.

The four day event witnessed over 50,000 students pass through the doors saw young people aged from 7-19, engage with the University’s stand in celebrating the subjects.

An Aston volunteer at the event, biomedical science student, Isra Ahmed Qureshi, said: “As an exhibitor representing Aston University I felt that our exhibition at the Big Bang Fair was a huge success and the children engaged enthusiastically in the activities we were presenting. The children had fun making DNA structures out of jelly babies & liquorice as well as extracting DNA from fruits; they found these activities very enjoyable!”

Amani Bader, another Aston volunteer, added: “We also had the opportunity to give advice to sixth form students who were interested in studying at Aston. Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I believe we inspired youngsters to become passionate about science.”

Lightfest will be held in September 2015, for further details, visit the website.

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For further media information, please contact Naheeda Akhtar, University Communications on 0121 204 5004 or n.akhtar18@aston.ac.uk