Davidsons Homes joins forces with Big Bang Fair

Leicestershire-based housebuilder Davidsons Homes lent a helping hand to an educational fair, with a cash injection of £500.

Leicester Grammar School, off London Road, hosted its third Big Bang Science and Technology Fair on Saturday 25 February.

And Davidsons Homes provided the funding for branded t-shirts to be worn by volunteers and helpers on the day.

The fair was free to attend and part of a national programme which aims to engage children with science and engineering.

James Rich, deputy head of Leicester Grammar School, said that this year’s event was the biggest yet.

He said: “We’re delighted to see so many people take an interest in the Fair. Overall we doubled the amount of visitors that we had last year, with around 3000 visitors aged between 0-80 years.

“We had people from 172 different schools, nurseries, brownie and guide groups as well as home-educated children. One of the Big Bang coordinators, James Silcox confirmed it was the best Big Bang Near Me event by far.

“The UK needs many more scientists and engineers and The Big Bang programme plays a vital role in inspiring young people at a regional and school level.”

Visitors were able to experience a real-life Microlight simulator which trains pilots to flight level standards, explore the school’s immersive 360 planetarium and meet meerkats and reptiles from the Exotic Zoo.

The fair has also attracted a number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassadors from universities around the East Midlands, including Leicester, Loughborough and DMU.

Stephanie King, Sales Director for Davidsons Homes, said: “We were delighted to sponsor such an engaging event which will inspire a new generation of scientists across Leicestershire.

“This Big Bang event has been growing year on year, so when the opportunity to get involved came about, we jumped at the chance.”