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Think Week – Summer 2017

Think Week – a STEM summer camp

Come and join us at our fourth Think Week!

This summer we’ll be running our not quite world famous Think Week summer school, at Northumbria University. Five days of science and exploration from Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August 2017.

Every day we’ll be exploring new areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – if you’d like to find out what we in previous years, take a look here. You can also take a look at the gallery below to see what previous Think Weekers have got up to!

Here’s a list of just some of the things we’ll get up to:

  • Computer programming with Arduino robots
  • 3d printing and 3d design with our own 3d printers!
  • Bubble science (giant bubble science)
  • Field study with microscopes in Exhibition park
  • Using our Maker skills to build marble runs
  • Engineering challenges
  • Scientific experiments in our Think Lab
  • Meeting new people and making new friends

During the week, we’ll be visiting the Centre for Life and taking a look at the new Animal Dino Jaws exhibition (entry to the Centre for Life is included in the cost of Think Week).

If you’d like your child to attend you’ll need to read the logistics box (to the right). Check your child is the right age, and available for all days of Think Week. Then click the button below to go to our Think Week payment page.

Want to join Think Week? Click here!

Think Week: Logistics!

Dates: Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August 2017

Time: 10am – 4pm daily

LocationThink Lab, Northumbria University

Ages: For children 9 – 12 years old

Cost: £80

All materials and admission to the Centre for Life are included; children will need to bring a packed lunch each day.


Keen, but need more details? Drop us a line to nustem@northumbria.ac.uk.

Think Week 2015

Think Week 2015

Monday & Tuesday

Monday began as all good Mondays should: with a newspaper tower building competition. Our twenty-one Think Weekers met their group for the first time and came up with some inventive group names: The Botanists, The Test Monkeys, Team Lightning and The Physics Thinkers.

The tallest towers stood over 2m high and were able to support the mass of our daring plastic pig!

During the afternoon, we met our pet Spheros. These robotic spheres are controlled using iPads, and we built four intricate mazes which we then expertly navigated them around.

We delved further into the world of robotics on Tuesday and used Arduinos, servos, musical instruments and a mountain of glue to create a robotic orchestra.

In the afternoon, we explored the world of 3D design using TinkerCad. You can see our designs at our TinkerCad page.


I can think of nothing better to do on a Wednesday in July than visit the Centre for Life – so that’s just what we did.

We explored Life from top to bottom: we played on retro computer games and struggled with exactly how to hold the N64 controller in the Game On 2.0 exhibition. We watched the stars turn above our heads in the Planetarium. We discovered the wonderful world of spinning physics in the Science Show. We also learned how to use microscopes and pipettes in the Experiment Zone.

All in all, it was a fantastic day – we all marched back to Think Lab with huge smiles on our faces.


On Thursday morning we explored the world of optics, using lenses to create camera obscuras and mirrors to make periscopes.

Our camera obscuras allowed us project an image onto a small screen inside a cardboard box. We also tried out some big camera obscuras too. By lunchtime we were able to look above, behind and all around with our adjustable periscopes.

During the afternoon we left the world of physics behind and headed into Exhibition Park for a spot of minibeast hunting. We used pooters and quadrats to search for and collect a wonderful variety of different minibeasts. Take a look at the gallery to see what we found. We also used USB microscopes to get up close and personal with the various bugs, beetles, worms and spiders we found.


Our last day!

Our morning was filled with Bubble Science. In the lab, we learned all about surface tension by dropping water onto pennies and creating milk fireworks. We blew some huge bubbles inside bubbles (inside bubbles inside bubbles…). We discovered antibubbles and made some of our own. Finally we went outside to blow some gigantic bubbles using our super-secret bubble mixture (recipe to the right) and bubble wands.

Forces and friction filled our afternoon and we designed and tested plasticine submarines. We learned the difference between static and kinetic friction and now know all about the Bloodhound Land Speed Record car.

We finished Think Week with some brilliant presentations to parents. Think Week was a fantastic success and the children were brilliant. Keep your eyes on the Think Physics website for more exciting opportunities.

Our not-top-secret-because-we-got-it-from-somewhere-else giant bubble recipe

5g Guar Gum

200ml Fairy Liquid (Original)

16g Baking Powder

4 litres of cold water

Mix the Guar Gum and the Fairy Liquid in a large bucket then gently add 4 litres of cold water. Stir the solution and add the baking powder. Next, go outside and blow some huge bubbles. Then tweet pictures of your bubbles to @thinkphysicsne

This recipe comes from NightHawkInLight. You can find his bubbles videos on YouTube here.