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STEM volunteering: big bang award for Lisa

IBMS member Lisa Coulthwaite won a leadership award at the national Big Bang Fair.

Big Bang Fair

The fair is the largest science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) event for young people in the UK.

This annual event at the NEC in Birmingham hosts stage shows, interactive workshops, exhibits and national competitions, with over 70,000 people attending.

Lisa, a lecturer from Manchester Metropolitan University, led a team of volunteers to engage attendees in fun careers-focused activities.

It was the third year that Lisa had volunteered at the Big Bang Fair, taking on a different role each year.

For her first year, she ran an interactive biomedical science activity with NHS Careers. The following year, she was a career ambassador for the Science Industry Partnership. This year, Lisa had the role of careers captain volunteer team leader, and worked with volunteers and staff from Engineering UK.

Lisa said: “Volunteering is a fantastic way to develop your skills and build experiences, while making a difference and having fun too.

“The Big Bang Fair is an amazing experience with lots of different volunteering opportunities for anyone interested in engaging young people in STEM. I am very proud to receive this volunteering award and will definitely be supporting the Big Bang Fair again next year.” 

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