Education: Join Professor Brian Cox for a big bang bash

Celebrity scientist Professor Brian Cox is on a mission to turn one lucky school class into budding astronomers as he returns for The Big Bang Lesson: Take 2 – a schools competition to win a science lesson that’s out of this world.

Sunday, 13th November 2011, 7:29 am

Schools entered in their thousands last year for the chance to have the TV scientist turn up and teach a star-studded science lesson. So, together with The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, the Professor is back and this time he’s taking the winning class on location.

School children, teachers and parents can now enter their class into the special prize draw, which will see the winners whisked off to The University of Manchester’s world famous Jodrell Bank Observatory on January 19.

The class will enjoy a mind-blowing workshop in the Discovery Centre with Professor Brian Cox and the Discovery Centre’s Education team, get up close to the Observatory’s gigantic Lovell Telescope and discover more about the solar system with fun, interactive activities.

The professor of physics, who will teach the winning class fresh from hosting BBC Two’s Stargazing Live at Jodrell Bank, looks forward to inspiring young people about the amazing world around them.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be joining forces with The Big Bang Fair for a second year to teach and inspire school children. Science has always been my passion and it’s so rewarding to show youngsters of all ages that they too can play a part in answering some of life’s biggest questions with the help of science, technology, engineering and maths.

“The scientific world is hugely fascinating and moving, and if it’s taught in the right way, it can be tremendously inspiring and a lot of fun! So, for all those schools who want to come on an exciting journey with me, get entering today!”

You can register for the chance to take part in The Big Bang Lesson: Take 2 by visiting or The deadline for entries is December 5.