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15/10/13: Festival sparks enthusiasm from budding engineers

Hundreds of youngsters are set to descend on Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria today to discover the wonders of science and engineering.

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the region’s electricity network, will be on hand at the South Cumbria Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair to help promote engineering to local school children.

The fair, which will take place over two days, will have many hands-on activities including an electricity distribution simulator, circuit board making and a pedal bike generator. The aim of the event is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and highlight the opportunities and qualifications on offer.

Jonathan Collins, corporate social responsibility manager for Electricity North West, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Big Bang Fair for the second year and we’re looking forward to teaching local school children about the importance and wonders of electricity.

“Today’s school children are tomorrow’s engineers and bill-payers, so it is vital to inspire children today to open up to the idea of future careers in engineering.”

The Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair, which is organised by STEM Cumbria, will be taking place in Workington on 19th and 20th November.

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