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– Two-day exhibition in Rally Village at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
– Interactive displays to enthuse and motivate 1,500+ students
– Visit from Ken Skates, Welsh Government Economy Secretary
– FREE admission to Rally Village in Deeside, Flintshire

This month’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26-29 October) will be the focal point for a number of far-reaching initiatives aimed at inspiring future generations of ambitious young talent.

The presence in the region of the high-tech and exciting FIA World Rally Championship will once again be maximised via the presence of a ‘Big Bang’ Industry Awareness STEM exhibition in the Rally Village. This is the event’s dynamic hub, located in the largely industrial conurbation of Deeside, where all the WRC teams are based throughout the high-profile motor sport event.

More than 1,500 students studying key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at educational establishments throughout Wales and Cheshire will visit the Big Bang fair on Thursday and Friday. What’s more, the showcase will be open to all those visiting the Rally Village – one of a number of free-to-view opportunities available to the public.

Underlining the exhibition’s importance both to schools and to industry, Ken Skates, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, will be among those attending on Thursday 26 October.

The Economy Secretary, said: “The Welsh Government’s continued support for Wales Rally GB also gives us the opportunity to engage further with the automotive and performance engineering sector in Wales. This is home to around 150 component and systems manufacturing companies which employs some 18,500 people within automotive manufacturing with has an annual turnover of some £3 billion. This is an excellent opportunity to get young people interested in the subjects they need to become a part of this dynamic sector in the future.

“I’m sure the Big Bang will provide all those attending with an exciting and memorable experience that will inspire and motivate them to continue with their STEM studies.”

Exhibitors include global brands such as Airbus, Comtek, JCB, the RAF, Tata and Toyota along with smaller and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the region. All will offer a great range of hands-on experiences. JCB, for example, will be hosting a ‘Build a Digger’ Challenge and G2G a NASA space project, while Coleg Cambria will be offering virtual welding as well as building an engine.

Crazy chemists ‘Lab Rascals’ are always a big attraction and this year they will be making slime, colour-changing liquids, dry ice clouds, smoking bubbles, self-inflating balloons and UV-reacting bracelets.

Other notable exhibits will include the Dare To Be Different campaign set up by former F1 driver Susie Wolff to entice more girls into all areas of motor sport. A Toyota rally car will also be on show, resplendent in a new livery designed by a Welsh student, the winner of a schools’ competition organised by Dayinsure Wales Rally GB and the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) on behalf of the Welsh Government.

“Engaging with education is just one of the many ways that the rally makes a positive contribution to life within Wales,” explained Ben Taylor, managing director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “The location of the Rally Village, right next to Toyota’s Engine Plant, and the presence of the world’s top WRC rally teams provides us with a fantastic opportunity to enthuse the next generation. The interactive Big Bang scheme is an exciting way to illustrate the attractions of a career within motor sport or the wider automotive industry.”

Admission to the busy Rally Village is totally FREE of charge for all-comers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tickets to see the cars in spectacular action are still available with considerable discounts being offered to those buying in advance.

Advance adult prices start at just £10 for the opening Visit Conwy Tir Prince test on Thursday evening, £23 for Saturday’s family-friendly Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle, £28 for a Day Pass or £99 for the full four-day premium event pass (World Rally Pass). Accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free.

Full details of 2017 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB including route, timetable and ticket information can be found on the official website.

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