An exciting big bang is on offer to pupils and schools across Ellesmere Port .
The Ignite Teaching School Alliance and Essar have teamed up for the third Big Bang Science and Technology festival for youngsters in the town.
Taking place at the National Waterways Museum , the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) festival will provide 2,000 pupils with a week of fun to get involved with experiments and learning through STEM subjects.
The event is supported by a range of organisations from industry and education and will run from Monday March 7 to Friday March 11.
The festival aims to engage primary pupils in a broad range of science, technology, engineering and maths experiences throughout the week.
Andy Moor, director of Ignite TSA said: “This is a unique opportunity for schools to work in partnership with organisations who are passionate about the STEM subjects and who have expertise to share in this continually changing and growing sector which will provide many of the new jobs of the future.
“Through working together, we can offer our pupils the very best experiences to meet role models from industry and further/higher education who range from apprentices, scientists, engineers, architects, medics and even composers, the possibilities are endless!”
Opera and theatre
Whitby Hall based Action Transport Theatre (ATT) will be running workshops as part of the festival.
An artistic collaboration between the theatre and composer Prof Martyn Harry from Oxford University called ‘Vehicles’ will explore opera and theatre for children.
The workshops will draw inspiration from stories and ideas emerging from the children working alongside opera singers and instrumentalists.
In June and July 2015 last year ATT ran workshops at St Bernard’s Primary in Ellesmere Port and Orchard Meadow Primary in Oxford for Year 3 children.
The project, which will link with the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port and the Morris plant in Oxford, will further investigate the links between science, technology, art and opera.
Oil company Essar has been at the forefront of leading support for the festival from local partners.
Third year of event
Head of communications Ian Cotton said: “The Essar STEM festival is now an established event for Ellesmere Port with industry and education working together to give pupils and teachers the opportunity to have practical fun with science, technology engineering and maths.
“This is a great opportunity for the partners involved to share their expertise and give pupils who want to learn more about these subjects an insight into how they contribute to all our lives.”
Helen Evans, education co-ordinator at the boat museum said: “This is our third year of hosting the event at the National Waterways Museum.
“We have continued our involvement because our site is rich with STEM objects and concepts, we can see the huge benefit the festival has for our local communities and the bi-annual nature of the event offers all pupils in Ellesmere Port the opportunity to visit the museum.
“Additionally, we believe that our museum is a rich resource for our local communities and want to encourage people to see us in that way and to make use of our spaces, archives and expertise.”
Organisations taking part include: Ignite Teaching School Alliance, Essar, The Big Bang, the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, the Canal and River Trust, the University of Liverpool, Urenco, Vauxhall Motors, Chester Zoo , Innospec, West Cheshire College , Action Transport Theatre and the Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port.