CGG Attend Eighth Big Bang Fair South East

Added: 30th July 2019 by CGG

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CGG have been proud to be part of the Crawley STEMfest and Big Bang Fair South East since their inauguration in 2012. Both events have grown year on year since their inception, and this year ~15,500 students (aged from 9-19) and their teachers registered from 200+ regional schools and colleges to attend the event on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June.

The Big Bang Fair South East is the biggest regional event of its kind in the UK, and due to continuing demand and the resulting growth, it was again held over two days at the South of England Showground in Ardingly.

The students enjoyed a very hot and sunny couple of days filled with exciting shows, workshops and hands-on activities provided by 200+ businesses, universities and professional organisations from throughout South East England. STEM Sussex (the outreach department of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Brighton) organised the event in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College. The event also staged the regional heats of the prestigious National Science & Engineering Competition (NSEC).

Over the two days 27 CGG volunteers from our Crawley, Edenbridge and Llandudno centres showcased our industry and the technologies we use, using lots of fun hands on activities where our visitors could explore geoscience and learn how geology, physics and mathematics are used to explore the earth.

The activities this year for the students to explore included: experimenting with energy waves using our ever popular ‘Sound-Bite’ machine, Sound Source and Lego Seismometer ‘Earthquake Hunter’ activities, plus our old favourite the Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) vibration detector; programming Minecraft using Python on Raspberry-Pi computers; using VR headsets to discover the incredible world of NPA and satellite images, with either Paris or Himalayas to immerse themselves in and explore; microscopes to investigate and identify fossils and rock types, an experiment to find out what makes a good reservoir, and making the biggest decision of all – where should we drill for oil?

Finally there were hands-on structural geology demonstrations using 3D Lego™ and paper models, and then spotting them on a seismic section and visualising sound & frequency with our Chladni Plate activity.

This year Crawley geophysicist Heather Willott also designed a fun competition for students to complete whilst exploring the activities in our CGG Activity Zone. There were eight questions and at the end of the event, Bronagh Liddicoat - Head of STEM Sussex - kindly agreed to draw the winning entry. The winning student won themselves a copy of the recently published ‘Ask a Scientist’ book by Professor Robert Winston and for their school a Lego™ seismometer.

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