Exploring Environmental Challenges

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Young students will be allowed to build water filters, investigate the structure of rocks, measure the quality of the air they breathe and even build their own glacier.

The hands-on experiences are being offered by University of Brighton scientists at the South of England Showground this week.

The seventh annual Big Bang, one of the biggest science festivals in the South East, is being held on Wednesday and Thursday (27 and 28 June) and more than 10,000 students and their teachers from 200 schools across the region are expected to attend.

Taking part from the University’s School of Environment and Technology, are senior lecturers Dr Annie Ockelford, Dr Jake Ciborowski, and Dr Kevin Wyche, and Reader Dr James Ebdon, together with seven undergraduate and master’s students.

 Dr Ockelford said: “Visitors will also be explore all aspects of the environment around us including learning how to make water safe to drink by building their own water filters,  learning how glaciers travel through different landscapes, and learning how to measure the quality of the air we breathe.

“This is a fantastic event to be involved in and we can’t wait to be able to share our science with school children.”

Over 250 companies, professional bodies and educational institutions will provide more than 200 STEM-related interactive workshops, shows and demonstrations aimed at giving young people a fun and exciting insight into future courses of study and careers.

The fair, open between 10am and 3.30pm, is organised by STEM Sussex, the outreach department of the University of Brighton. You can follow the team live in action over twitter @GeogGeoBrighton, @stemsussex or the event in general #BigBangSE.

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