STEM Activities

Our mission is to encourage young people to engage with STEM and show them that is can be fun, exciting and easy to understand. We also try to break the stereotype that all scientists are crazy old men – anyone can be a scientist!

We offer a wide range of school workshops from ages 7-18, all of which are free of charge! Our team of Street Scientists are also available for various events and festivals to engage children with science busking.

Please see our fantastic range of activities below which are sorted by Key Stage group:

Key Stage 2 / Key Stage 3 / Key Stage 4 / Key Stage 5

If you would like any more information or would like to book any of our workshops or the Street Scientists, please email outreach@ncl.ac.uk, check out our FAQs, or fill out our booking form.

If you would like to be kept up to date of new events and workshops, please sign up to our monthly email newsletter.

48509

Key Stage 2

Activity Description Age Details

Story of Earth Show

Our scintillating show tells the story earth from it’s very first day 4.6 billion years ago right the way through to the present day with a variety of exciting experiments along the way. Years 3-6 1 hr
Max 250 students

Young Scientists

Our newest workshop takes your team of young scientists on an adventure through the world of STEM. Visiting a variety of characters from Callum the Computer Scientist to Zoe the Zoologist, they’ll discover the diverse range of scientific fields and take part in lots of fun activities along the way. Years 3-4 2 hrs
Max 30 students

Thinking Like a Scientist

This workshop uncovers new types of scientist by breaking down the myths and stereotypes. The group will predict, experiment and observe during our interactive STEM demonstrations. Years 5-6 1 hr
Max 40 students

What’s the Matter?

This interactive chemistry workshop is an ideal introduction for younger years to the three states of matter and what happens when something doesn’t fit into one of these categories. Years 5-6 1 hr
Max 40 students

Amazing Adaptations

Amazing Adaptations looks at how different species have evolved to cope with their environments and introduces the concept of human influence on species survival. Included in the workshop is the opportunity for students to create their own species. Years 6-8 1 hr
Max 40 Students

Year 6 STEM Day
23rd April

10:00 – 14:15

The day will start off with a bang with our Story of Earth show, followed by a morning of interactive science demonstrations. The afternoon will consist of a STEM Trail in which the children will complete tasks and solve puzzles around campus.

Spaces are limited to 30 year 6 students per school. Groups will be split into three groups of 10 so three members of staff or parents must also attend.

To book a place, please fill out this form by 2nd February. We will let you know by the 7th February if you have secured a place.

16992250_407736942893573_9006364662072727951_o

Key Stage 3

Activity Description Age Details

CSI Newcastle

Students are tasked with solving a crime. They must work through different subject activities in Humanities and Social Sciences; Medical Sciences and Science and Engineering to gather clues and uncover the culprit. Years 7-9 3 hrs
Max 40 students

Island Escape

Students will be stranded on a desert island. They will work in small teams to complete a number of engaging tasks including cracking codes, engineering a shelter, navigating a route off the island and identifying animal species. Years 7-9 2 hrs
Max 40 students

Chemistry in your World

This session explores how chemistry is directly related to the students’ lives. Students are given the opportunity to try out some of the new concepts discussed in the workshop. Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 40 students

Explore Engineering

This activity gives the students an insight into the world of engineering and tasks the students to build a circuit that replicates a pedestrian traffic light system giving the students the opportunity to get hands on experience with many electrical engineering components. Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 40 students

Computer Science Unplugged

Computer Science without a computer! Students will work through a range of activities that highlight the underlying principles of Computer Science such as algorithms and programming. No technology required! Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 40 Students

How Long is a Piece of String

Physics is often described as the study of the really big or the really small. This workshop explores these concepts and everything in between. Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 40 students

What Floats your Boat

Our brand new interactive workshop introduces physics and engineering concepts such as buoyancy and density. The students are then challenged to build a boat with specific materials and a budget. Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 40 students

Changing the World with Engineering

Students will learn about the different kinds of engineering, some of the scientific principles and how it transforms the world around us. The interactive session includes myth busting and an interactive bridge building activity. Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 40 students

Becoming a Street Scientist

This workshop gives students the chance to work together and practice some Street Science demonstrations. The group will learn what it takes to be a Street Scientist and their confidence will be boosted when they perform our favourite demonstrations to the rest of the class. Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 40 students

Sweet Science

Discover the science behind making honeycomb, ice cream and sherbet. The workshop also explores the psychology of tasting, the evolutionary reasons for our love of sugar and what happens when we eat too much sugar. Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 30 students

Maths Murder Mystery

A maths-based game that is fun, challenging and encourages use of initiative. Groups of students are confronted with with a murder mystery to solve which requires lateral thinking and a unique approach. Years 7-9 1 hr
Max 40 students

Amazing Adaptations

Amazing Adaptations looks at how different species have evolved to cope with their environments and introduces the concept of human influence on species survival. Included in the workshop is the opportunity for students to create their own species. Years 6-8 1 hr
Max 40 Students

People Like Me

This WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) workshop helps girls identify their personal strengths and the STEM career opportunities that are available to them as a result. This is an activity for a group of girls only. Years 9-11 1 hr
Max 80 students

Why STEM?

An interactive workshop which explores the world of STEM and why students might like to pursue it. The workshop looks at how STEM has influenced our world, what studying STEM at university involves and possible careers in STEM. Years 7-13 1 hr
Max 60 students

STEM Articulate

STEM Articulate is a fast paced game that will test your students’ knowledge of STEM. We recommend this session is booked alongside another STEM session. Years 7-13 1 hr
Max 60 students

STEM Careers

A presentation that introduces students to the exciting world of STEM, including studying STEM at university and future career opportunities with case studies from our graduates. Years 9-13 1 hr
Max 250 students

MINT Day
for Year 9 Girls

11th May

09:00 – 14:30

Our annual girls in STEM day is back for British Science week on the 14th March. This year, your Year 9 girls will have the opportunity to speak to a variety of inspirational women working in STEM fields and take part in STEM taster sessions.

Places are limited to around 15 per school. If you would like to register your school and find out more, click here.

17097722_409120662755201_4712777127866253243_o

Key Stage 4

Activity Description Age Details

Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie Apocalypse is a scenario-based activity in which the students carry out a range of STEM activities to survive the zombies. Students will survive by building a shelter, deciphering coded messages and navigating a route to safety. Years 10-11 2 hrs
Max 40 students

Escaping Earth

Escaping Earth is our latest mission which guides us through building and launching a rocket, settling on a new planet and communicating with an alien species. The mission requires students to carry out several STEM tasks, including decoding messages, testing pH and selecting adaptions for an alien habitat. Years 10-11 2 hrs
Max 40 students

Renewable Energy: A Breeze?

A workshop that explores the positive and negative aspects of renewable energy, particularly in the form of wind turbines. The students will act as different STEM professionals to incorporate various factors to decide where to build a wind farm. A great activity for building teamwork and debating skills as well as picking up knowledge on a very current STEM issue. Years 10-11 1 hr
Max 40 students

People Like Me

This WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) workshop helps girls identify their personal strengths and the STEM career opportunities that are available to them as a result. This is an activity for a group of girls only. Years 9-11 1 hr
Max 80 students

Why STEM?

An interactive workshop which explores the world of STEM and why students might like to pursue it. The workshop looks at how STEM has influenced our world, what studying STEM at university involves and possible careers in STEM. Years 7-13 1 hr
Max 60 students

STEM Articulate

STEM Articulate is a fast paced game that will test your students’ knowledge of STEM. We recommend this session is booked alongside another STEM session. Years 7-13 1 hr
Max 60 students

STEM Careers

A presentation that introduces students to the exciting world of STEM, including studying STEM at university and future career opportunities with case studies from our graduates. Years 9-13 30 mins
Max 250 students

STEM Subject Specific Talks

Choose from one of our talks on:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths

The presentations focus on the exciting opportunities within these areas from studying to career opportunities

Years 10-13 30 mins
Max 250 students

48494

Key Stage 5

Activity Description Age Details

STEM Careers

A presentation that introduces students to the exciting world of STEM, including studying STEM at university and future career opportunities with case studies from our graduates. Years 9-13 30 mins
Max 250 students

Why STEM?

An interactive workshop which explores the world of STEM and why students might like to pursue it. The workshop looks at how STEM has influenced our world, what studying STEM at university involves and possible careers in STEM. Years 7-13 1 hr
Max 60 students

STEM Articulate

STEM Articulate is a fast paced game that will test your students’ knowledge of STEM. We recommend this session is booked alongside another STEM session. Years 7-13 1 hr
Max 60 students

STEM Subject Specific Talks

Choose from one of our talks on:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths

The presentations focus on the exciting opportunities that are available by choosing a STEM degree from studying to career opportunities

Years 10-13 30 mins
Max 250 students

Where could A Level Geography take you?
27th March
10:00 – 15:15

Our new A Level Geography day aims to give Year 12 students an insight into where their Geography A Level could take them. They will have the opportunity to take part in taster sessions of related degree courses and chat to current students, academics and researchers to get some inspiration on what the future could look like for them.
Click here to book places for your students

Please note that all our school age groups are based on the English education system.