More than 100 volunteers, including students from Warwick University and some of Shell’s own scientists and engineers, helped out at the NEC delivering physical science workshops and simple experiments to excite young imaginations.

“Last year I came with my school but this year I wanted to bring my family so they could take part in the fun activities like building a balloon buggy,” said one of the children visiting the Shell Education Service workshop.

Sarah Hughes, Head of Shell UK Social Investment, said: “Through our engaging activities at the Big Bang Fair I hope we have inspired young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths with a view to pursuing scientific or technical careers.

“The turnout was fantastic and we are pleased to have shown another 4,000 young people how science and engineering play such a big part in our daily lives.”

Shell has been a lead sponsor of The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair since it began in 2009.  In addition to running the Shell Education Service family science day, Big Bang attendees were also able to learn more about science at the Shell stand which was themed around ‘Shaping the future of energy through innovation’. Activities included an interactive Smarter Mobility laboratory area and a dance floor where groups competed against each other to see who could create the most energy.

For more information, please see www.shell.co.uk/socialinvestment

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