About 2,000 school pupils from all over Dorset invaded the Tank Museum for a ‘Big Bang’ science and engineering event.
Organised by the county council, the youngsters took part in interactive workshops, theatre shows and chatted to businesses represented at the event.
The Big Bang Fair – hosted by the museum in Bovington – was part of a UK-wide programme of events aimed at interesting children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – so-called STEM subjects.
Two competitions during the day encouraged the pupils to show off their skills.
The more senior participants took part in an innovation contest and younger ones designed responsibly-sourced lunchboxes.
Having the event at the museum was ideal as it displays the vehicles and technology that helped win wars to keep people free, according to Richard Smith OBE, the museum’s director. He said: “The Big Bang Fair is a great way to showcase the possibilities that STEM subjects offer children.
“The vehicles and objects at the Tank Museum exemplify the kind of innovation possible when these subjects are put to good use.”