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Big Bang Fair 2016

14 March 2016 | Posted in News

Innovation, creativity, inventions; The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK and is the exact environment in which the Cracking Ideas team flourishes.  On the 16th of March, we will be heading to NEC Birmingham to begin our four day extravaganza of innovation and creativity. 
Who are we? The Cracking Ideas team is responsible for educating young people about Intellectual Property (IP). IP protection ensures that inventors, artists and authors get the credit they deserve for their creations, inventions or brands. The four types of intellectual property are: patents, registered designs, trade marks and copyright. 
Situated near the colossal ‘BBC Experience’, Cracking Ideas has gone bigger and better with a large, interactive stand filled with cracking competitions and, amazing activities.
With our faithful friends Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph, we will be celebrating the 40th birthday of Aardman Animations. 
This year's competition, depending on your age, we’re asking you to:
Design a birthday present or a party for Timmy, 
Create a storyboard of Wallace & Gromit’s birthday surprise or,
Create a cracking short film to wish Aardman Animations a very Happy Birthday. 
So take your seat at our ‘Creation Station’ and get crafting for your chance to win some fantastic prizes! 
As you make your way around the Cracking Ideas stand, you will find our star attraction – The enticing, undeniable ‘Karaoke Shower’. If you fancy yourself as a singing sensation, draw the curtain and take your spot in the spotlight whilst learning about the responsible choices you can make when downloading content from the internet. So just pull the curtain shut, choose from over 9000 songs to sing along to and make sure you enjoy your time with the microphone as that’s where the secrecy ends: every moment of your performance will be shown on the video screens outside the booth. After singing your heart out, try challenging yourself to see whether you can spot a counterfeit product from the real deal in the Enforcement area giving you yet another chance to win a cracking prize! 
So if you have a flare for the dramatics, are handy with a pencil or paintbrush or are simply fascinated by the idea of Intellectual Property, stop by stand 511 for a chat to the Cracking Ideas team about the work that we do. And of course, enjoy The Big Bang Fair!

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