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Construction companies help to boost Big Bang Fair 2014

Greg Foot

Greg Foot: Showcasing his new show Kaboom!

The ICE is teaming up with Arup, Balfour Beatty, Mott MacDonald, Skanska and Taylor Woodrow for this year’s Big Bang Fair in March.

They will produce a stand that showcases the exciting and sometimes surprising ways in which civil engineering creates and shapes the world around us.

The fair is the UK’s largest science, technology, engineering and maths event for young people between five and 19 years old.

The ICE-backed “Design, Create, Solve, Innovate” stand will give visitors the chance to try out some of the high-tech tools which engineers use in their day-to-day work, and give advice on starting civil engineering careers. It will also give insights into major civil engineering projects and will give visitors access to engineers on the industry’s front line.

Mott MacDonald’s STEPS pedestrian modelling tool - one of the world’s most widely used tools simulating pedestrian movement - will form the basis of a specially created transport task on the stand.

Skanska’s Mission Cube - an immersive video experience used for health and safety awareness training - will also be on the stand to show young people dangerous engineering sites around the world.

There will also be an augmented reality model of Casement Park stadium, which will be built at the site of the GAA gaelic games stadium in West Belfast.

The ICE has been a key supporter of the Big Bang Fair since it started in 2009, initially attracting 6,500 people. Last year the event attracted nearly 70,000, including prime minister David Cameron.

In addition to the “Design, Create, Solve, Innovate” stand, the Fair will host an array of activities and live performances, with the first two days open to school groups and the Saturday and Sunday open to families.

TV science presenter Greg Foot is to showcase his new show about the science of explosions that have shaped our modern world. The show, Kaboom!, looks at topics including the chemistry of gunpowder, the anatomy of highly explosive detonations, the dissection of an internal combustion engine and the power of the hybrid rockets that have taken us into space.

Visitors can expect loud jet engines to be set off live on stage, cannon balls launched above their heads, towering showers of sparks and coloured flame balls.

TV presenter Stefan Gates will be taking people on an explosive journey into the science of their lunch.

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