Big Bang and Big Discoveries

Big BangWe’re back in the office after an eventful British Science Week! We had a fabulous week bringing molecules to the crowds at the Big Bang Fair in the NEC. Big Bang is the largest celebration of STEM in Europe, and you could really feel the excitement and buzz in the room – it was inspiring to meet so many enthusiastic young people who loved STEM just as much as we do!

 

Over the four days, we invited hundreds of students and adults to explore the nano world that underpins our everyday life with our Molecules and Me app, and to manipulate molecules in virtual reality. We also had lots of entries for our competition, #MyMolecule!

Our Education Content Producer, Becky Davies, was on hand at Big Bang Fair and talking to lots of student about our app. Here, Becky tells us a little bit about what we (and the students!) discovered…

Big Bang is truly a celebration, and it was great to see students interact and discover molecules in this exciting environment! As well as this, it was also a great opportunity for Nano Simbox to get some feedback and see what people think of our recent app, Molecules and Me, which we released earlier in the year. User testing is very important to us to make sure that the software we produce is really working for our users, and so we carry out testing at every stage development. For me though, there’s nothing quite like seeing people play with the finished product!

As students explored the molecules of everyday life in Molecules and Me they told me that…

“There are things you can’t see in cheese and milk!”

“DNA contains carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus!”

“Molecules come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes!”

As an educator, I love the moment when a learner has that moment where they can connect the science, and that the next time they look at milk, they’ll look at it slightly differently and wonder about all that tryptophan wiggling and jiggling around!

The voice of the user is so important to us to make sure our software allows students to make all sorts of realisations that they wouldn’t otherwise, and I can’t wait to hear lots more of these as we user test and develop our future software.

 

Thank you to Big Bang Fair and everyone that visited – we hope you had a fantastic time. We were blown away by the enthusiasm of the next generation of STEM professionals.

Don’t forget, you still have time to enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a workshop.

Curious about STEM and new ways of teaching? Sign up at nanosimbox.com to find out more about how you could have Nano Simbox in your classroom for September.