Alistair Burt MP welcomed an award-winning volunteer for the UK’s largest STEM careers event to bring classroom science and maths to life for young people at a special reception at the House of Commons.
Constituent Nick Treby received the Big Bang Going the Extra Mile award in recognition for his support to the Competition and his passionate approach to engage young people in STEM subjects.
The reception, held at the Houses of Parliament on 5 November as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, also featured 11 student projects some of which will go on to join over 200 other project teams from across the UK in the finals taking place during The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at the Birmingham NEC, March 2019.
The Big Bang Competition is an annual contest designed to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as well as helping them build skills and confidence in project-based work.
The competition is open to 11-18 year olds and gives participants the chance to compete for top prizes worth over £30,000, such as international experiences and prestigious awards such as GSK UK Young Scientist and GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year.
Volunteers are integral to the success of the Big Bang Competition and provide support in many ways from judging the competition entries to enthusing the next generation about engineering as a career choice.
Mark Titterington, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK which organises the Competition, said:
“Volunteers are integral to the success of our programmes and we couldn’t do what we do without them. During the Big Bang at Parliament we celebrated their incredible contribution. We thank Nick for giving up his time to volunteer with us, inspiring young people about the great STEM opportunities available and bringing classroom learning to life.”
Alistair said: “I was delighted to welcome Nick Treby to the House of Commons and congratulate him on his award. The UK needs 203,000 people with level 4+ engineering skills every year to meet demand. The work of volunteers like Nick, offering careers support or delivering hands-on activities that inspire young people helps to develop their interest in STEM subjects and produce the scientists and engineers of the future.”