STEAM Northants
STEAM Northants
  • Programme - 28 June

    Welcome to STEAM Northants, brought to you by the University of Northampton (UON) and Aspire Higher.

    We have five days of activities for you to choose from so make sure you explore each of the daily tabs above and book your activities on the BOOK NOW tab on the Overview page by Monday 21 June to ensure that the joining links can be sent you.

    Please note that the platforms being used across the week include Teams, Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo and that not all content will be available after the event.

    • Overview of 28 June

      9:30 - 10:30
      So you want to be an Engineer?
      Engineering as a STEM career
      Year Group: Open to all
      An Introduction to Sustainability in Fashion
      Insight into the fashion industry
      Year Group: 10, 11, 12, 13
      10:30 - 11:30
      Diagnostic Radiography
      Exploring a career in healthcare
      Year Group: 7, 8, 9
      How do you measure the Earth?
      Exploring and doing the maths
      Year Group: Open to all
      11:30 - 12:30
      Relative sizes, scale, orbital periods and motion
      From space debris up to the supermassive black holes
      Year Group: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      So you want to be a Midwife?
      Follow a midwife through their daily routine
      Year Group: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      Discover your local museum
      Exploring a range of career options and their pathways
      Year Group: Open to all
      13:00 - 14:00
      Diagnostic Radiography - A Healthcare Career
      Explore what Diagnostic Radiography is
      Year Group: 6
      STEAM Jobs of the Future
      Help students understand that there are always new jobs
      Year Group: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      Traditional Art vs Games Art
      The process of video games production
      Year Group: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      14:00 - 15:00
      A Tale of Two Volcanoes
      Why are the 2021 Iceland and St Vincent eruptions so different?
      Year Group: 12, 13
      Your tap, carbon and climate change
      What’s the relationship between them?
      Year Group: 10, 11, 12, 13
      Day in the life of a music student
      Technology, study options and career routes
      Year Group: Open to all
      Working in the Games Industry - is that STEM or STEAM?
      What it’s like to work in the games industry
      Year Group: 6, 7, 8
      15:30 - 16:15
      TEACHER SESSION
      CREST Awards - recognition scheme for STEM projects in schools
      Year Group: Science Leads, Careers Leads, Enrichment Leads

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • So you want to be an Engineer?

      A look at engineering as a STEM career through the personal experiences of a Graduate Systems Engineer from Lockheed Martin.  Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin. ‘Our future success – and our nation’s technological advantage – depend on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent’.

      As an industry leader, Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace, military support, security, and technologies sectors. with an employee population that includes 54,000 engineers, scientists and IT professionals, is committed to developing programmes that educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

      Presenter:

      Mason Burke, Graduate Systems Engineer

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company Lockheed Martin
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2, 5, 6
      So you want to be an Engineer?

      An Introduction to Sustainability in Fashion

      This lecture from Emmeline Child, gives an insight into the fashion industry and some of the ways in which innovators are looking to influence and embed greater sustainability in fashion. Explore the world of fashion design from a different perspective and unlock the skills and experience students need to get into the industry.

      Emmeline developed the upcycled label ‘Emmeline 4 Re’ back in 2003, selling her collections in Topshop and independent retailers across the UK and Europe. She went on to establish a sustainable boutique in London. With almost 20 years of experience of sustainability in fashion and textiles, Emmeline has become a pioneer in sustainability issues around upcycling.

      Presenter:

      Emmeline Child, Programme Leader in Fashion

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 7
      An Introduction to Sustainability in Fashion

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Diagnostic Radiography

      Explore what Diagnostic Radiography is and why it is important in modern healthcare. Find out the science behind how the human body can be imaged to determine the extent of disease and/or trauma. All your questions answered about how you can become a Radiographer, what subjects you should choose and what routes there are to get into this profession.

      Presenter:

      Tara Flight, Diagnostic Radiographer

      • presentation-and-q-and-a not-recorded
      • Years 7, 8, 9
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company University of Hertfordshire
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2, 5, 7
      Diagnostic Radiography

      How do you measure the Earth?

      Around 200 BC, the ancient Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer and music theorist, Eratosthenes, used a well, a tower, the sun and mathematics known to most schoolchildren today to calculate the circumference of the Earth. But how? By following this session, you will know the answer – and be able to do it yourself!

      Presenter:

      Tom Briggs, Maths Educator, STEM Ambassador and Museum Learning Consultant

      • workshop
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company TK Briggs Freelancing
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5
      How do you measure the Earth?

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Relative sizes, scale, orbital periods and motion

      A curriculum-linked look at the universe, exploring the varieties of stars and how gravity has shaped them and their systems. From space debris up to the supermassive black holes, we will appreciate the sheer sizes of space!

      Presenter:

      David Ault, Senior Planatarium Presenter

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Immersive Experiences
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5, 6
      Relative sizes, scale, orbital periods and motion

      So you want to be a Midwife?

      A video and presentation highlighting the role of the midwife and following a midwife through their daily routine. Exploring the skills and qualities needed to become a midwife, we discuss the routes and qualifications required to study and career options when qualified.

      Presenter:

      Lara Strangwood, Lecturer in Midwifery

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 5, 6, 7
      So you want to be a Midwife?

      Discover your local museum

      Students will watch a pre-recorded video of museum staff talking about the job they do and the career pathways to get there.

      This will be followed by a live Q&A session with a member of the museum management team.
      Jobs included will be curator, learning, front of house, marketing, retail and commercial.

      Presenter:

      Natasha Riley, Learning and Audience Officer

      • presentation-and-q-and-a not-recorded
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2,3,4,5
      Discover your local museum

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Diagnostic Radiography - A Healthcare Career

      Explore what Diagnostic Radiography is and why it is important in modern healthcare. Find out the science behind how the human body can be imaged to determine the extent of disease and/or trauma.

      All your questions answered about how you can become a Radiographer, what subjects you should choose and what routes there are to get into this profession?

      Presenter:

      Tara Flight, Diagnostic Radiographer

      • presentation-and-q-and-a not-recorded
      • Years 6
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company Uni of Hertfordshire
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2,5,7
      Diagnostic Radiography - A Healthcare Career

      STEAM Jobs of the Future

      The work place is ever changing. This workshop aims to help students understand that there are always new jobs appearing and it’s ok not to know what you want to do yet! There is increasing importance for demonstrating transferrable skills to employers and being able to evidence other skills whilst continually developing new ones. What you do now could affect the jobs you get in the future!

      But what does this all mean for you and your jobs of the future?

      Presenter:

      Grace Dial, School Co-ordinator

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 30-40 mins
      • Company Aspire Higher
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2,7
      STEAM Jobs of the Future

      Traditional Art vs Games Art

      A look at the differences between traditional art and the work involved in the process of video games production. The games industry is one of the fastest growing employment sectors but how does an interest in art help your students to progress to becoming an games artist?

      Tom is a recent graduate from University of Northampton who landed a top job with Sumo Digital. They are responsible for games including Team Sonic Racing, Snackboy and many more popular games.

      Tom will take you through his route from doing art at school, studying at University and finding his niche at Sumo and is ready to answer questions about all things digital art!

      Presenter:

      Tom Craddock, University of Northampton Graduate at Sumo Digital

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Sumo Digital
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
      Traditional Art vs Games Art

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • A Tale of Two Volcanoes

      In spring 2021, two volcanoes, one in Iceland and the other in the Caribbean, erupted in spectacular fashion. However, one (Iceland) attracted local tourists who watched the eruption in relative safety, while the other (St Vincent), caused residents to be evacuated because of the danger it posed. Why are these two volcanic islands, surrounded by ocean, so different?

      This talk will explain the reasons behind the contrasting styles of eruption and what can be done to mitigate the hazards and risks they pose.

      Presenter:

      Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 12, 13
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4,7
      A Tale of Two Volcanoes

      Your tap, carbon and climate change

      We see the headlines…UK net zero carbon target… UK sets ambitious carbon reduction plans! So, what does this all mean and how can we do this? Join Anglian Water and discover how our roadmap to net zero carbon sets about tackling carbon reduction and how working together we can create a sustainable future. Make sure you have your questions ready to ask our Carbon experts for this hotly debated topic.

      Presenters:

      • Richard, Climate Change & Carbon Manager
      • Elizabeth, Carbon Neutrality Specialist
      • Caroline, Host
      • presentation-and-q-and-a not-recorded
      • Years 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Anglian Water
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 5
      Your tap, carbon and climate change

      Day in the life of a music student

      What happens if you want to work in the music industry and you don’t play an instrument? How can the subjects you are interested in transfer to studying at university? Explore the vast number of careers open to you if you study music and follow 2nd year student Wictoria, as she goes through a typical day on the course.

      A Q&A session with Mark Thursby: Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Music Production and BA (Hons) Popular Music will help answer all those question you never knew who to ask.

      Presenter:

      Mark Thursby, Programme Leader for Music

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 7
      Day in the life of a music student

      Working in the Games Industry - is that STEM or STEAM?

      RARE is an Xbox game studio with a 35-year pedigree, originally partnered with Nintendo and now part of the Microsoft Games Studio empire, it has a reputation for quality titles including ‘Battletoads’, ‘Donkey Kong Country’ and ‘GoldenEye’.

      During this presentation, artists and engineers talk about what it’s like to work in the games industry – highlighting how this is where STEM becomes STEAM. Explore the skills you need in this highly competitive field of work and the personal qualities and experience that can give you the edge.

      Presenters:

      • Mathew Gregory, Senior Gameplay Engineer
      • Ellen Parkes, Principle Animator
      • Giverny Wilson-Martin, Embedded Tester
      • Ine T’Sjoen, Senior Concept Artist
      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 6, 7, 8
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company RARE
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5, 6
      Working in the Games Industry - is that STEM or STEAM?

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • TEACHER SESSION

      CREST Awards – recognition scheme for STEM projects in schools

      Looking for ideas and to give recognition to your pupils for STEM projects? Then the British Science CREST Award scheme could be for you!

      Find out more about the range of inspiring projects and how to run them in your primary or secondary schools.

      Presenter:

      Bren Hellier, STEM Education Consultant

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Teachers, Science Leads, Careers Leads, Enrichment Leads
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company STEM Matters
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4,5,8
      TEACHER SESSION

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

  • Programme - 29 June

    Welcome to STEAM Northants, brought to you by the University of Northampton (UON) and Aspire Higher.

    We have five days of activities for you to choose from so make sure you explore each of the daily tabs above and book your activities on the BOOK NOW tab on the Overview page by Monday 21 June to ensure that the joining links can be sent you.

    Please note that the platforms being used across the week include Teams, Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo and that not all content will be available after the event.

    • Overview of 29 June

      9:30 - 10:30
      Literature Matters: Read for your lives
      How is literature vital to us, society and our planet?
      Year Group: Open to all
      An introduction to studying Economics
      How to apply economics to current real-world scenarios
      Year Group: 10, 11, 12, 13
      The science of flight and how this leads onto rockets
      Atomic Tom will be creating bangs and explosions!
      Year Group: 6
      10:30 - 11:30
      SPACE - THE FINAL FRONTIER?
      Visit the ISS and explore what else is out there!
      Year Group: Open to all
      It's not all cold and dirty!
      An introduction to working in construction.
      Year Group: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      Exploring Anthropometry
      Combining science, mathematics and tape measures
      Year Group: 6,7,8
      11:30 - 12:30
      Climate Change
      How can we help bridge the emissions gap?
      Year Group: 10, 11, 12, 13
      The Cool World of Food Science
      Exploring the diverse range of career options
      Year Group: Open to all
      13:00 - 14:00
      The importance of 'imagination' in STEAM
      Defining who are you through creative art
      Year Group: 6, 7, 8
      STEAM routes into Higher Education
      Exploring post-18 education options
      Year Group: 11, 12, 13
      How have racing cars changed through time
      and what role does technology play in its development?
      Year Group: 6 - 9
      STEAM in the Ancient World
      The Wooden Horse of Troy, a live drama experience
      Year Group: 6, 7
      14:00 - 15:00
      Asteroids, Comets & Dwarf Planets
      A curriculum-linked exploration of how space has changed throughout time
      Year Group: 6, 7, 8
      A day in the life of our engineers
      Working in diverse roles within the water industry
      Year Group: 7, 8, 9
      So, you want to work in the Space Industry?
      Exploring a huge range of careers through the new Spaceports initiative
      Year Group: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      15:30 - 16:15
      TEACHER SESSION
      Bring a world class computing education to your primary school
      Year Group: Primary Teachers and school staff
      16:30 - 17:15
      TEACHER SESSION
      Bring a world class computing education to your secondary school
      Year Group: Secondary Teachers and staff

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Literature Matters: Read for your lives

      This video and live Q&A explores the myriad of ways in which the skills developed on an English degree can help you in a wide variety of job opportunities. It also asks the big questions, such as why does literature matter, and is it vital to us, our society, and our planet?

      The answer is ‘yes!’ but come along to find out why and let us know what you think.

      Presenters:

      • Claire Allen, Programme Leader for English
      • Emma Montgommery, 2nd year student
      • Ruby Breward, 2nd year student
      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 40 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4,7
      Literature Matters: Read for your lives

      An introduction to studying Economics

      Economics is the social science that studies how people interact with value; in particular, the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Economics focuses on the behaviour and interactions of economic agents and how economies work (Wikipedia).

      Join our University of Northampton students, Katerina and Ange, on a journey on what it is like to study Economics, how they learn to employ the different perspectives of the major economic thinkers of the last two centuries and to discuss real world issues that are faced by individuals, companies and governments. You won’t be deriving equations; instead, you will use them to apply economics to current real-world scenarios.

      You will be amazed at where you will find economists working! There will also be lots of opportunities to ask questions.

      Presenters:

      • Thaana Ghalia, Senior Lecturer
      • Katerina Nurcellari, Current student
      • Ange N’cho, Graduate
      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 40 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4,7
      An introduction to studying Economics

      The science of flight and how this leads onto rockets

      If you have never met Atomic Tom before, you are in for a real treat. A firm favourite at all of our events, Atomic Tom will be creating bangs and explosions, blinding (No, not really!) you with all the science around flight and answering your ‘Why’ questions.

      This is a fully interactive workshop to start your day, exploring, questioning and working alongside Atomic Tom to create and fly your own rocket.

      Host: Atomic Tom

      • workshop live-stream
      • Years 6
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Atomic Science
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4,5
      The science of flight and how this leads onto rockets

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • SPACE - THE FINAL FRONTIER?

      In this show we’ll learn about the various things that are orbiting the Earth, from the Moon down to satellites, then look further into the space stations that have orbited the globe.

      Why is the ISS modular?

      What have different countries contributed? What does the future hold..?

      Presenter:

      David Ault, Senior Planetarium Presenter

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Immersive Experiences
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5,6
      SPACE  - THE FINAL FRONTIER?

      It's not all cold and dirty!

      Through a range of videos and live chats, your students will have the opportunity to explore a career in construction.

      With a focus on civil engineering and a variety of different trades, students will learn about the different roles, how to get into them, the skills they may need and where these can take them as they develop.

      Teachers: There is an Escape Room type challenge that your students can do in their own time so don’t forget to download the resource information!

      Presenters:

      • Mark Bradshaw, Teacher in Construction
      • Jacqui Hughes, Teacher in Construction
      • Damion Carter, Teacher in Construction
      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company Northampton College
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2,4,5,6,7
      It's not all cold and dirty!

      Exploring Anthropometry

      For 100s years the human body has been measured to help us to understand the secrets of life, growth, and mathematics.  In this workshop we will investigate the theories that certain body parts have relative sizes to other body parts.

      Students will use measuring equipment and one of the best pieces of science equipment, the human body. Measuring the body including arms, legs, heads and heights, we will unlock the mysteries of mathematics in nature.

      After collecting data we will draw conclusions and look for opportunities for more discoveries that aid fashions designers, artists, sports designers and biologists all over the world.

      Presenter: Atomic Tom

      • workshop live-stream
      • Years 6,7,8
      • Duration 50mins
      • Company Atomic Science
      • Gatsby Benchmark 1,4,5
      Exploring Anthropometry

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Climate Change

      There is still a vast gap between our level of carbon emissions and the level needed to avoid dangerous climate change.

      Technology will help but minimising the impacts of climate change requires rapid changes in our lifestyles and how we organise our societies, institutions and infrastructure.

      In this presentation your students will learn about the science behind climate change, explore some of the changes we need to make now to the way we live and the routes into the different careers in Climate Change for those who interested.

      Presenter:

      Greg Spellman, Senior Lecturer

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4,7
      Climate Change

      The Cool World of Food Science

      Come and join Chilled Education for a journey into the world of food science and the diverse range of career options this can take you to. Explore how many different STEAM roles are required to make a chicken sandwich.

      This is an interactive presentation and careers chat with Karin Goodburn MBE, leading chilled food expert and Matty Desforges, a Degree Apprentice

      Teachers: Check out the additional resources for schools on the event resources page for food experiments you can do in the classroom and at home.

      Presenters:

      • Karin Goodburn MBE, Chilled Food Association
      • Matty Desforges, Degree Apprentice, Samworth Brothers
      • Charlotte Patrick, Facilitator
      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 30 - 40 mins
      • Company Chilled Food Association
      • Gatsby Benchmark 1,2,4,5,6,7
      The Cool World of Food Science

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • The importance of 'imagination' in STEAM

      Imagination or ‘creative exploration’ plays an important role in STEAM, from planning to preparation to understanding processes, it is often overlooked as an art or skill. However, we would not be where we are in human development without it.

      This workshop helps students discover, define, develop and express who they are through creative arts so they can live a fulfilling lifestyle focused on their wellbeing, happiness and success.

      Presenter:

      Marvin Mudzongo, Facilitator

      • workshop
      • Years 6, 7, 8
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company Lemon Pop Workshops
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 7, 8
      The importance of 'imagination' in STEAM

      STEAM routes into Higher Education

      This presentation will provide an explosion of information on the wider world of post-18 education and the different qualifications that are available after level 3. We will explore how students can apply for different education routes and careers options. The Aspire Higher team will be available to answer any questions via the chat function.

      Presenter:

      Sana Chisty, Schools Coordinator

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 30-40 mins
      • Company Aspire Higher
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 7
      STEAM routes into Higher Education

      How have racing cars changed through time

      This will be a virtual tour of the Silverstone Museum, looking at how the technology in engineering has changed over time with regards to making racing cars quicker and safer. We will look at racing cars from the 1940’s through to current Formula 1 cars, showing young people how they have changed over time and the speed at which technology has evolved.

      Presenter:

      Rob Jaina, Head of Learning and Engagement

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 6 - 9
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Silverstone Interactive Museum
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5, 6
      How have racing cars changed through time

      STEAM in the Ancient World

      After ten long years of war, Odysseus, one of the leaders of the Greeks, had the idea to design and build a giant wooden horse in which soldiers were hidden. The Trojans, thinking the Greeks had left, dragged it into the city and in the middle of the night the soldiers hopped out and wreaked havoc on Troy.

      In this live Drama workshop, we shall explore what it was like to be one of those soldiers hiding in the Wooden Horse. Students will explore various drama techniques and practise performance skills as they experience that night in Troy for themselves!

      Presenter:

      James Gillam, Director

      • workshop live-stream
      • Years 6, 7
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Fabula Arts
      • Gatsby Benchmark 3, 5
      STEAM in the Ancient World

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Asteroids, Comets & Dwarf Planets

      A curriculum-linked exploration of the smallest rocks that orbit our Sun. Find out why dwarf planets were coined back in 2006 and how the idea of what makes a planet has changed throughout the centuries.

      Learn the differences between asteroids, meteors, meteorites and many others!

      Presenter:

      David Ault, Senior Planatarium Presenter

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 6, 7, 8
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Immersive Experiences
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5, 6
      Asteroids, Comets & Dwarf Planets

      A day in the life of our engineers

      Have you every stopped to think about all the various jobs that there are in the water industry? Did you think that we would have engineers working for us? Meet two of our Engineer Apprentices and find out about the interesting and exciting roles they have working in the world of Anglian Water. Have your questions ready ask our Apprentices!

      Presenters:

      • Daniel, Civil Engineering Degree Apprentice
      • Rebecca, Site Engineer
      • Caroline, AW Community Education Manager
      • Karen, STEM Engagement Lead
      • presentation-and-q-and-a not-recorded
      • Years 7, 8, 9
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company Anglian Water and @One Alliance
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2, 4, 5
      A day in the life of our engineers

      So, you want to work in the Space Industry?

      During this presentation, students will have the opportunity to find out about some of the exciting upcoming space missions with UK involvement, and explore some of the amazing opportunities that are soon to hit the UK through the new Spaceports initiative. Showcasing a huge range of interesting careers, and professions, from Astrobiologists to Robotic Mission designers, this session will also include hints and tips on how to find your potential role in the Space sector.

      Presenter:

      Sophie Allen, Head of Learning and Teaching

      • presentation-and-q-and-a live-stream
      • Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 1hr
      • Company National Space Centre
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2,4,5,6
      So, you want to work in the Space Industry?

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • TEACHER SESSION

      Bring a world class computing education to your primary school

      Join us for a sneak peek of the amazing support available to primary teachers through the local NCCE Computing Hub and Computing at School. We support teachers at every stage to improve computing skills and subject knowledge. We do this through certified CPD, resources and meet-ups.

      This presentation is suitable for Primary teachers who want to know more about computing and those leading on computing in school.

      Presenters: 

      • Tim Wilson, Community Outreach Manager, Computing at School
      • Karl Bartlam, Computing Hub Lead, Teach Computing Northampton and MK.
      • Rachel Vidler, Computing Hub Lead, Teach Computing Northampton and MK.
      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Primary Teachers and school staff
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company NCCE / Computing at School
      • Gatsby Benchmark 3, 4, 5, 7
      TEACHER SESSION

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • TEACHER SESSION

      Join us for a sneak peek of the amazing support available to secondary teachers through the local NCCE Computing Hub and Computing at School. We support teachers at every stage to improve computing skills and subject knowledge. We do this through certified CPD, resources and meetups.

      This session is for: Secondary school teachers delivering KS3 computing as a non-specialist, schools considering adding GCSE Computer Science into their curriculum and Computer Science teachers wanting to deepen their knowledge.

      Presenters: 

      • Tim Wilson, Community Outreach Manager, Computing at School
      • Karl Bartlam, Computing Hub Lead, Teach Computing Northampton and MK.
      • Rachel Vidler, Computing Hub Lead, Teach Computing Northampton and MK.
      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Secondary Teachers and staff
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company NCCE / Computing at School
      • Gatsby Benchmark 3, 4, 5, 7
      TEACHER SESSION

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Atomic Tom

      Hello, I’m Atomic Tom. For the past 13 years I’ve been working in schools to help spread the word about how awesome science can be. I enjoyed science at school, as I did all of my subjects; i like learning interesting things, but I probably didn’t work as hard as I should!

      When I went to university, I had the opportunity to deliver fun science sessions to children and that’s when my love of science really grew. One of the reasons I’m so passionate about what I do is because I want to help encourage a love of science from an early age while pupils still have teachers and opportunities that can nurture and develop their scientific curiosity.

      I’m often asked if I’m a ‘real’ scientist. The ‘real’ scientists that I’m asked about have proven their worth countless times, rarely more so than this past year…but I think, all you need to be a scientist is to be curious about the world, want to try to find out the answers and have an open mind about what you can learn.If you do these things, I imagine you’ll love science as much as I do!

      Atomic Tom

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

  • Programme - 30 June

    Welcome to STEAM Northants, brought to you by the University of Northampton (UON) and Aspire Higher.

    We have five days of activities for you to choose from so make sure you explore each of the daily tabs above and book your activities on the BOOK NOW tab on the Overview page by Monday 21 June to ensure that the joining links can be sent you.

    Please note that the platforms being used across the week include Teams, Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo and that not all content will be available after the event.

    • Overview of 30 June

      9:30 - 10:30
      The Shoe Design Challenge
      Students will have the opportunity to design a trainer
      Year Group: 6, 7, 8, 9
      Showcasing Females in Formula 1
      With Girls on Track UK and Williams F1
      Year Group: 10, 11, 12, 13
      Science of Star Wars
      Movie magic or cutting-edge science?
      Year Group: 6, 7, 8, 9
      10:30 - 11:30
      Every Geographer Helps
      How do the make sure there is always food in our supermarkets
      Year Group: Open to all
      Deep Space Object
      Is there anything out there?
      Year Group: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      Creative Mindfulness
      A step by step guide to making your own creative journal
      Year Group: Open to all
      11:30 - 12:30
      Employability Awareness
      CV’s, interviews, group assessments… the lot!
      Year Group: 12, 13
      Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
      With a focus on science and engineering
      Year Group: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      A Stitch in Time
      A focus on the science and technology in conservation of historic objects
      Year Group: Open to all
      13:00 - 14:00
      Showcasing Females in Formula 1
      With Girls on Track UK and Williams F1
      Year Group: 6, 7, 8, 9
      The Amazing Brain
      What OTs can do to help when it becomes damaged?
      Year Group: Open to all
      Developing a Career in the Arts
      Explore different roles and get creative
      Year Group: Open to all
      Design and Manufacture against the clock!
      Pit yourself against real engineers!
      Year Group: Open to all
      14:00 - 15:00
      Rivers, seas and farms... What have they got to do with you?
      How are these environments protected and preserved?
      Year Group: 6, 7
      Explore Engineering
      Take the spaghetti and marshmallow challenge
      Year Group: 6, 7, 8, 9
      Construction pathways and opportunities with ENGIE
      Embracing a greener, more efficient and increasingly digital world.
      Year Group: 10, 11, 12, 13
      15:30 - 16:30
      TEACHER SESSION
      What makes children think STEM4Me? Ways to help primary school children experience STEM subjects
      Year Group: Primary School teachers and staff
      16:30 - 17:30
      TEACHER SESSION
      How to make the most of a Museum loans box in your classroom
      Year Group: Primary and Secondary teachers and staff, Northamptonshire schools
      18:30 - 20:30
      Psychology in the ‘virtual’ pub – what do students actually study?

      Year Group: 11, 12, 13, teachers, parents, carers, community

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • The Shoe Design Challenge

      Using a defined budget, students will have the opportunity to design a trainer whilst finding out more about your local museum and art gallery. Students will be challenged to balance the cost of producing a hardwearing shoe that is fit for purpose and designing a shoe that looks appealing. A fun and interactive workshop for young people.

      Presenter:

      Natasha Riley, Learning and Audience Officer

      • workshop not-recorded
      • Years 6, 7, 8, 9
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2, 3, 4, 5
      The Shoe Design Challenge

      Showcasing Females in Formula 1

      Do your students want to work in motorsport?
      Are they interested in engineering?
      Girls on Track UK and the Williams F1 Team are excited to offer your students the opportunity to find out about both apprenticeship and degree routes into engineering within a Formula 1 team. Maybe your students are unsure about becoming an engineer?

      During the live link up with some of the women who work in the vital operational roles at Williams F1, students will also find out what their roles entail, what their educational backgrounds are and what possible career choices they can work towards.

      The session will be hosted by Amy who has been a member of the Williams Engineering Academy and has also just finished a degree in Engineering at the University of Warwick. She will talk about her journey and experiences of both opportunities.

      There will be plenty of time to ask questions.

      Presenter:

      Amy Martin, Williams Engineering Academy Graduate

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company Girls on Track UK, Motorsport UK and Williams F1 Team
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 5, 6
      Showcasing Females in Formula 1

      Science of Star Wars

      Star Wars conjures up images of spaceships, super-weapons, and all sorts of visions of the future. Author and science presenter Jon Chase probes the fantastic frontier between movie magic and cutting-edge science in this session inspired by one of the most successful epics in entertainment history!

      Host:

      Jon Chase, Science Communicator and Presenter

      • presentation-and-q-and-a live-stream
      • Years 6, 7, 8, 9
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Rap Science
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 5
      Science of Star Wars

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Every Geographer Helps

      What role can a geographer play in ensuring that products from around the world successfully find their way to UK supermarkets and into our homes?

      This highly interactive workshop will explore the diverse career options available to those who study geography at school, college and university. It will look at details from a well-known supermarket’s graduate scheme to consider how theoretical learning in the classroom can be translated into future jobs in perhaps unlikely ways!

      Presenter:

      Dr Catherine Waite, Lecturer in Human Geography

      • workshop
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2,4,7
      Every Geographer Helps

      Deep Space Object

      An exploration of what lurks out in the deepest recesses of the universe, and how we have begun to probe the far reaches of space. Find out what makes a black hole, how maths has helped us work out what goes on inside them and what the risk is to our civilisation as it heads out to the stars!

      Presenter:

      David Ault, Senior Planetarium Presenter

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Immersive Experiences
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5, 6
      Deep Space Object

      Creative Mindfulness

      This is a fully participatory workshop through which your students will learn how to create their very own, creative mindful journal.

      During the workshop, students will put the pages of their journal together and explore different techniques in which they can express their feelings, emotions and support their wellbeing/mental health through a variety of creative avenues, including collage, illustration, creative writing and others.

      Teachers: you will need the lesson plan and have the resources ready in advance of the workshop.

      Presenter:

      Sophia Kyprianou, Director

      • workshop live-stream
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company The Curator Educator
      • Gatsby Benchmark 3, 5
      Creative Mindfulness

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Employability Awareness

      Aiimi is a tech company that specialises in data and information and they want to get the very best from the young people who go to work for them. During this presentation your students will be finding out about the right roles for them, learning about how and why building the right kind of network is essential, how to write a great CV, interviewing for roles, participating in group assessment centres, the lot!

      This presentation will help students to stand out from the crowd and to understand their skills and qualities and be able to challenge themselves. It will be an interactive workshop so students should be encouraged to come with their questions and be ready to ask them. Remember there is no such thing as a silly question!

      Presenter:

      Charlotte Richmond, Talent Manager

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 12, 13
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Aiimi Ltd
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2, 4, 5
      Employability Awareness

      Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

      We’ll explore what Higher and Degree apprenticeships are, what the benefits are to doing one and how to start looking for one. Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of careers, and the workshop today will specifically include some Higher and Degree Apprenticeships linked to science and engineering.

      Presenter:

      Dr Deborah Patton, School Coordinator

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 30-40 mins
      • Company Aspire Higher
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 7
      Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

      A Stitch in Time

      The Conservators at the Leather Conservation Centre work on a wide range of objects; from ancient books and Japanese armour, to the interiors of modern super car prototypes, to ensure they are safe for future generations to enjoy and learn from. Alongside this work, they also carry out research projects, to advance knowledge in the areas of material science and historic technologies.

      Using live presentation and video, this workshop will show what a working conservation studio looks like, as well as discussing the meaning of conservation and finding out the types of things our conservators get up to during a working day.

      Presenter:

      Rosie Bolton, Studio Manager

      • presentation-and-q-and-a live-stream
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company The Leather Constervation Centre
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5, 6
      A Stitch in Time

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Showcasing Females in Formula 1

      Meet Clare.  Clare is an engineer with the Williams F1Team! A dream job… but did you know that there are also lots of really vital operational roles too that make the Williams Team so successful?

      Join host Amy, Girls on Track UK and members of Williams F1 Team in this live hook up to explore the world of motor racing through careers.

      Find out what subjects, attributes and qualities you will need to demonstrate in order to apply for an apprenticeship and why everyone can aspire to become an engineer. There will plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions.

      Presenter:

      Amy Green, Williams Engineering Academy Graduate

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years 6, 7, 8, 9
      • Duration 45 mins
      • Company Girls on Track UK, Motorsport UK and Williams F1 Team
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 5, 6
      Showcasing Females in Formula 1

      The Amazing Brain

      In this video presentation students will find out about the brain and how it functions. They will focus on different parts of the brain, what they do for us, and what can happen if the brain becomes damaged in a car crash, with an interactive activity to understand disability and its impact. Also, how the brain recovers and through occupational therapy how we can relearn and establish new pattern pathways in our brain to allow us to do what we want to do every day.

      Presenter:

      Debbie Hewson, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

      • workshop
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 30-40 mins
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 1, 4, 5, 7
      The Amazing Brain

      Developing a Career in the Arts

      This fun and informative workshop will introduce the wide variety of careers available in the arts accompanied by a practical, creative workshop with one of NN Contemporary Art’s professional artists.

      Our expert team will talk through their individual job roles and the journey they have been on during their careers. Finally, an artist will guide schools through a creative task, using materials easily found in the classroom.

      Presenter:

      Alexandra Snell, Education and Engagement Producer

      • workshop
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company NN Contemporary Art
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2, 4, 5
      Developing a Career in the Arts

      Design and Manufacture against the clock!

      Cummins is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and distributes engines, filtration, and power generation products. But what do they do at their Daventry plant?

      To find out, students will have the opportunity to watch a short pre-recorded video to explore the type of STEM jobs and careers and apprenticeships they offer.

      During this workshop, students will be challenged to see who can design and build the best bridge working alongside real engineers in Daventry as they also take the challenge! At the end of the challenge, all the bridges will have a live durability test.

      Teachers: please read through the resource list to make sure your students have everything they need to participate. You will be able to Tweet us the results!

      Presenters:

      • Amanda Wisbey, Customer Order Management (COM) Manager
      • Mike Clark, Manufacturing Engineering Leader
      • workshop live-stream
      • Years Open to all
      • Duration 1hr
      • Company Cummins
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5, 6
      Design and Manufacture against the clock!

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Rivers, seas and farms... What have they got to do with you?

      Anglian Water…. it’s all about tap water and water recycling…. well think again! Join us to explore how we protect and preserve the environment and the importance of keeping our rivers, coast and reservoirs clean. Then ask our experts all your tricky questions!

      Presenters:

      • Richard, Community Education
      • Caroline, Biodiversity Advisor
      • Mike, Coastal Catchment Manager
      • Greg, Coastal Catchment Manager
      • presentation-and-q-and-a not-recorded
      • Years 6, 7
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company Anglian Water
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 5
      Rivers, seas and farms... What have they got to do with you?

      Explore Engineering

      An interactive workshop which will explore what an engineer does, who can be an engineer and the routes students can take if they want to pursue a career in engineering. It will provide an insight into how an engineer uses a range of skills including, teamwork, communication, negotiation and attention to detail. Students can take the ‘Spaghetti Challenge’ in the classroom alongside a real engineer. Don’t forget to check out the resource page before the day to make sure your students have everything they need to take part!

      Whilst Karen is now teaching engineering, she is also a qualified engineer and worked in the industry before turning her talents to inspiring young people to become engineers. She will be answering questions throughout the workshop.

      Presenter:

      Karen Whitehead, Teacher in Engineering

      • workshop
      • Years 6, 7, 8, 9
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Northampton College
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 7
      Explore Engineering

      Construction pathways and opportunities with ENGIE

      ENGIE is a leading energy and services company focused on three key activities: production and supply of low carbon energy, services and regeneration. It combines these activities to enable customers and stakeholders to embrace a greener, more efficient and increasingly digital world.

      But what does that mean for Northamptonshire? Through video and live presentation join Dale for a closer look at different job opportunities and pathways in construction at ENGIE and apprenticeship opportunities in Northamptonshire.

      Presenter:

      Dale Powell, Assistant Social Value Manager

      • presentation-and-q-and-a live-stream
      • Years 10, 11, 12, 13
      • Duration 50 mins
      • Company ENGIE
      • Gatsby Benchmark 5, 6
      Construction pathways and opportunities with ENGIE

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • TEACHER SESSION

      What makes children think STEM4Me? Ways to help primary school children experience STEM subjects

      The reasons for the marked decline in our children’s interests in science subjects and STEM careers are complex. Research into science capital and children’s STEM affinity indicates that addressing the STEM crisis at the primary level is advantageous.

      This workshop focuses on what primary schools can do to increase children’s science capital and STEM affinity. Classroom and whole school activities designed to increase STEM affinity with easily accessible resources in the primary classroom will be shared in the workshop.

      Examples of STEM outreach projects such as STEM4Me will be presented to facilitate discussion of what may foster younger children’s affinity to STEM learning from a broader ecological perspective.

      Presenter:

      Dr Josephine Chen-Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

      • presentation-and-q-and-a
      • Years Primary School teachers and staff
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 7, 8
      TEACHER SESSION

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • TEACHER SESSION

      How to make the most of a Museum loans box in your classroom

      Teachers will develop an understanding of how to use a Museum loans box beyond a classroom display and how to integrate a loan box into cross curricular teaching. The presentation will explore the range of loans boxes available, with practical examples of how to use these in schools.

      Presenter:

      Natasha Riley, Learning and Audience Officer

      • presentation-and-q-and-a not-recorded
      • Years Primary and Secondary teachers and staff, Northamptonshire schools
      • Duration 1 hr
      • Company Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
      • Gatsby Benchmark 2, 3, 4, 5
      TEACHER SESSION

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Psychology in the ‘virtual’ pub – what do students actually study?

      Psychology in the (virtual) Pub Real Research at University of Northampton, what do Psychology students actually study?

      Grab a beverage of your choice and join us for an informal way to discuss key topics in Psychology.

      Usually these events take part in a pub, but due to COVID, we invite you to join current University of Northampton students and staff from your home or school for a chance to hear from experts on topics that interest you in Psychology today.

      Don’t worry if you can’t spare 2 hours, pop ‘on’ for as long as you like!

      Presenters:

      • Dr Jordan Elliott-King, Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
      • Colleagues from University of Northampton Psychology
      • workshop
      • Years 11, 12, 13, teachers, parents, carers, community
      • Company University of Northampton
      • Gatsby Benchmark 4, 7, 8
      Psychology in the ‘virtual’ pub – what do students actually study?

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    • Jon Chase

      Jon Chase is a freelance science communicator, author and rapper based in South Wales. Having completed an honours degree in Aerospace Engineering he then gained a BSc in Science and Science Fiction and a Masters degree in Communicating Science. Jon was also an associate lecturer at the University of Glamorgan for a year following graduation.

      He has an intense passion for scientific thinking and believes that knowledge should be made available in a way that allows as many people as possible the opportunity to gain access to it. He was identified by the Guardian in 2008 as education’s next big thing after producing a science rap video for NASA about astrobiology.

      Jon is also the UK’s foremost proponent of Science Raps having performed his science raps at The Science Museum, The Royal Society, The Royal Institution, and at many theatres, libraries and science festivals across the UK.

      In addition to being a science presenter, Jon has co-authored three books. “Space, Time, Machine, Monster: Doctor Who Edition” (2015), “The Science Of Star Wars: The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More!” (2016) and “The Science Of Harry Potter: The Spellbinding Science Behind the Magic, Gadgets, Potions, and More! ” (2017 ).

      Jon Chase

      If you have any queries regarding STEAM Northants or any of the activities please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

  • Programme - 01 July

    Welcome to STEAM Northants, brought to you by the University of Northampton (UON) and Aspire Higher.

    We have five days of activities for you to choose from so make sure you explore each of the daily tabs above and book your activities on the BOOK NOW tab on the Overview page by Monday 21 June to ensure that the joining links can be sent you.

    Please note that the platforms being used across the week include Teams, Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo and that not all content will be available after the event.