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College makes a Big Bang!

November 12, 2012

West Cheshire College is one of just 10 colleges nationwide selected to host a Big Bang event which will showcase a range of exciting and innovative science activities for school children.

Supporting the national Big Bang event in London hosted by Dr Brian Cox, the College was selected to hold a similar event at their Chester Campus to make science more accessible for children from the region.


Students visiting the Big Bang event at West Cheshire College will be involved in science activities including a workshop exploring your brain by Dr Guy Billing.


The event on 20th November has the theme Welcome to the Future and includes:

  • A workshop by Dr Guy Billing using a jelly brain to find out what our brain does
  • A journey through the fantastic science fiction world of Doctor Who
  • Visiting Auriga Astronomy Planetarium to learn about how stars and planets are formed and how they are changing
  • Learning how Artificial Intelligence will affect you in the future
  • Found out how you can make enough electricity to power a popcorn maker
  • A guide to the search for alien life looking into where they live, what they look like and if they play football?

Liz Beardmore, Assistant Manager for STEM Development at West Cheshire College, said: “Only 10 colleges in the country have been selected to hold a Big Bang event and to be one of them is a great achievement.

“We have planned a series of activities for the school children and there will be something for everyone to enjoy. We have developed science teaching packs for visiting teachers so they can continue the Welcome to the Future theme in the classroom after the event.

 “The day will also be an opportunity for people to find out about science related courses and careers for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the industry.”

All primary and secondary school children from Chester and Ellesmere Port will be invited to the full day event on Tuesday 20th November at West Cheshire College’s Chester Campus on Eaton Road.

Two iPads will also be up for grabs on the day as the best student and best school will be awarded with an iPad each for their performance and enthusiasm throughout the day.

For more information about science courses at West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit

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