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Aston to inspire students at this year's Big Bang Festival

Big Bang Fair
14 March 2016


Aston University students will showcase their own fuel efficient racing car at the UK’s largest science and technology fair for young people.

The sustainable eco car, designed and constructed by students from the University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science (EAS), was selected by energy giant, Shell, to be part of their stand at the Big Bang Fair 2016. The vehicle will also race in the Shell Eco Marathon in June, where it will compete against other cars designed by students from across Europe at the London Olympic Park 

An annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for 7-19 year olds, the Big Bang Fair will take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) between 16 - 19 March.

Made from wood, aluminium and bio-composite materials, Aston’s hydrogen powered racing car will feature prominently on Shell’s Education Service display highlighting the potential of renewable energies at this year’s fair. The vehicle will also race in the Shell Eco Marathon in June, where it will compete against other cars designed by students from across Europe. 

Aston students and staff from EAS and the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) will collaborate to set-up a separate stand dedicated to showing the some of the fascinating technology used on the University’s Biomedical Engineering course.

Visitors will be able to pick apart different organs of the body, including the heart and skull, via a fully interactive 3D holographic display and measure their heart rate by attaching themselves to an ECG machine. Keeping in line with the stand’s theme of visualising the body in 3D, prosthetic limbs conceived and 3D printed by Aston students will also be exhibited.

The University’s presence at the Fair will be further bolstered by an appearance on the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) stand, where Aston inventions such as a playable laser harp  will be shown.

Dr Christian McLening, a Senior EAS Lecturer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the scientists, engineers and designers of the future. The Big Bang enthuses young people about the possibilities and importance of science and technology and gives them a chance to interact hands-on with some of the latest and most exciting technologies.”

Study and careers advice will be available from EAS and Life and Health Science (LHS) academics representing Aston University at the Big Bang Fair 2016.

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