29/02/16. Posted under News

Ignite Teaching School Alliance and Essar team up for third Big Bang Science and Technology festival for Ellesmere Port pupils


Ignite Teaching School Alliance and Essar team up for third Big Bang Science and Technology festival for Ellesmere Port pupils

February 25th, 2016: Ignite TSA, Essar, THE BIG BANG and National Waterways Museum are leading the third Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths festival in Ellesmere Port, providing 2000 pupils with a week of fun to sample experiments and learning through STEM subjects.  

The event is supported by a range of partners from industry and education sectors and will take place at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port from 7th -11th March 2016.  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!”

Essar have been at the forefront of leading support from local partners. Ian Cotton, Head of Communications at Essar, 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.”

The National Waterways Museum is again the venue for the week long event, with Helen Evans, Education Co-ordinator, explaining:  “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



The Big Bang

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Canal and River Trust

University of Liverpool


Vauxhall Motors

Chester Zoo


West Cheshire College

Sci-Tech Daresbury

Medical Mavericks

Lorelly Wilson Ltd

Merseygrid Ltd

Action Transport Theatre


Paul Main

Place Education

Art in the Place

Sphere Science

Paul Main


Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port

Science Made Simple

Primary Schools taking part include:


The Acorns and Whitley Village


Cambridge Road

Christ Church

Little Sutton


Our Lady’s Star of the Sea



Rivacre Valley

St Bernards

St Mary of the Angels

St Saviours

Sutton Green

William Stockton




Archers Brook


Whitby Heath

The Oaks



St Clare’s




For further information, contact Mrs Sharon Vernon:

0151 355 2047 or email ignite.svernon@stbernards.cheshire.sch.uk

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