Starting your project

Interested in entering The Big Bang Competition, but don’t know where to start, or looking for project ideas?

This page will provide you with all the information you need to confidently and successfully conduct project work and enter into The Big Bang Competition. You may like to run projects as part of a STEM club, as a class assignment or a day off timetable!

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Why get involved?

"The Big Bang Competition is a vibrant celebration of young people and STEM where students compete for big prizes but the best accolade is simply being part of the excitement!"

Dr Meryl Batchelder, Subject leader for Science, Corbridge Middle School, Newcastle upon Tyne

What makes a successful project?

The scope of the Competition is deliberately broad, so any project in the field of STEM can enter – projects ranging from health to the environment and from computing to design and technology; the options are endless!

Projects do not have to meet any set standards to enter the Competition.

It doesn’t matter if you conducted your project using simple everyday items or whether you undertook research in a scientific laboratory; it’s all about the idea and the enthusiasm behind it. It could be an invention, a communication campaign or research into solving a problem within the community.

Check out our case studies for examples of previous projects.

Where to get started?

First, have a quick read of our rules and eligibility.

If it’s your first time taking part, why not check out some project ideas online? Head over to our ideas and resources page for some fantastic (and free) resources!

Alternatively, if you want to start from scratch and your students have been inspired by a particular topic, they can plan their own project.

We would suggest following our judging criteria to help work out what they need to cover – aspects like a background and rationale, a clear methodology, some results or evidence of testing, a conclusion and lastly and very importantly, reflection on what they’ve learnt and what problems they overcame along the way.

Remember to check out some top tips from our judges!

"As a teacher preparing for The Big Bang Competition, you learn so much about the students’ abilities that may not be as clearly evident in normal lessons and tests. Students with additional needs have particularly flourished in STEM when completing projects as they prefer alternative teaching methods."

Thandiwe Banda, Head of STEM, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Brighton

How to enter?

There are two possible routes to entry; either through a regional heat in your local area where students have the opportunity to showcase their project to judges, or online, where they can submit a video or report to be assessed remotely.

In either instance, young people receive valuable feedback on their work with tips on how to develop it further from STEM professionals.

They may be selected to attend the UK Finals, which take place at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham in March every year. Finalists will be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes and special awards, including opportunities to represent the UK at Intel ISEF in the USA, CASTIC in China and EUCYS in Europe!