About The Big Bang Competition

The Big Bang Competition recognises and rewards young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

The Competition is open to all UK residents in full-time education or training (year group 7-13 and Scottish/NI equivalent), and students can enter online and via regional heats.

The UK Finals take place at The Big Bang Fair in March each year; the dates for 2020 are the 10-12 March.

Finalists compete for over £20,000 worth of amazing prizes, including top and runner-up prizes in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories for science and engineering, as well as the coveted titles of GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year and GSK UK Young Scientist.

Visit our How to get started page for advice and inspiration, and read the rules and eligibility for 2020 (2021 Finals).

If you have any questions, please contact us at competitions@thebigbangfair.co.uk

The Big Bang Competition - annual cycle

Entry takes place via two routes:


Online entry

Projects can be submitted for entry to the Competition via the online application form from May to November


Regional heats

Students showcase their work at selected Big Bang Near Me Fairs from March to October

The next Big Bang Competition Finals will take place 11-14 March 2020 at The NEC in Birmingham.

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Watch the 2018 awards ceremony highlights!