The first UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair - The big bang - will be held from 4-6 March in London.

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The first UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair - The big bang - will be held from 4-6 March at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London. Organised by UK scientific bodies and supported by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the three-day event brings together the BA CREST Awards and Young Engineers' awards as one celebration of UK science and engineering and young people's achievements in these fields.  

The event aims to encourage greater take-up of careers in science and engineering by giving young people the chance to discover the range of opportunities that exist in the UK for those with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualifications. As well as a showcase for the BA CREST Awards and Young Engineers' awards, the fair will feature demonstrations of cutting-edge technology, presentations on future developments in science and engineering, and workshops where young people can discuss their views on science.  

National Science Competition

Coupled with the fair, the DIUS has launched a National Science Competition to identify the UK's Young Scientist and Young Technologist of the Year. Run by the BA, the competition is open to 13-19-year olds in the UK who have completed a STEM-based activity or project between 1 September 2007 and 1 November 2008. The winners will be announced at the The big bang event and each winner will receive a trophy, certificate and £5000, and have the chance to go on either an international conservation expedition with Earthwatch Europe or visit NASA Space Centres in Florida and Houston with the International Space School Educational Trust.  

For further information on: the fair, and the National Science Competition see websites.

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