NUSTEM at Beech Hill Primary School 2022-2023

NUSTEM is an outreach group based at Northumbria University. We believe that STEM should be accessible to everyone, for study and for pleasure, from early years, through school, to employment, and beyond. We support children, families and teachers to feel more confident that a career in STEM is for ‘people like them’.

Your child or children have been using one of our NUSTEM loans boxes in class. NUSTEM loans boxes are linked to STEM careers and contain original objects and replicas that can be handled and used as part of classroom activities.  While using the resources in the boxes, children get the opportunity to try out and explore some of the skills, techniques, equipment and ideas that STEM professionals use on a day-to-day basis.

This term, children in Key Stage 2 have been using our Marble run loans box. For more information about the loans boxes, STEM careers and activities to try at home, visit our  and our Marble run loans box page.

 

 

Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 have been using our Mini beast loans box. For more information about the loans boxes, STEM careers and activities to try at home, visit our  and our Mini beasts loans box page.

7th and 14th July Year 5 Mechanical Engineers

Year 5 are becoming mechanical engineers and investigating marble runs. To make your own marble run at home visit our Marble Run STEM at home page.

Tuesday 14th June Year 3 Geologists

Chondritic (stony) meteorite found in 2005 in North-West Africa.

Today it was Year 3’s turn to become geologists and investigate meteorites. For more activities to try at home, go to our meteor crater activity.

Monday 13th June EYFS Marine Engineers

Today children in Reception and Nursery became marine engineers and investigated floating and sinking. To try a simple floating and sinking activity at home, using only tin foil and coins, visit our NUSTEM at home Foil Boats page.

Thursday 5th May Year 4 Geologists

Iron meteorite from Chaco, Argentina. One of the ‘Campo del Cielo’ fragments first found in 1576.

Today Year 4 became geologists and investigated meteorites which are rocks from space. For more activities to try at home, go to our meteor crater activity.

Evolution Loans Box June – July 2022

This half term, Beech Hill Primary have borrowed our Evolution loans box. To find out more about our loans boxes and to try some related activities at home, click:

Evolution loans box

Monday 9th May EYFS Lighting Engineers

Today Nursery and Reception have been lighting engineers, investigating light and shadows.  To make your own shadow tubes at home using only a torch, a toilet roll tube, some cling film and a small piece of paper, go to our STEM at home page.

Wednesday 23rd March and Thursday 24th March Year 4 Mechanical Engineers

This afternoon, Year 4 became mechanical engineers and built marble runs. They investigated the forces used and tried to slow the marble down. Visit our NUSTEM at home marble run page to find out how to build a marble run at home using cardboard and tape.

4th March 2022 Year 3 Mechanical Engineers

This afternoon, Year 3 became mechanical engineers and built marble runs. They investigated the forces used and tried to slow the marble down. Visit our mechanical engineer page to find out more.

Click here to  watch the chain reaction machine that inspired our marble runs or here to see another amazing machine!

3rd March 2022 Year 2 Systems Engineers

This afternoon the Year 2 classes became systems engineers. They planned, created, tested and improved marble run. To find ways to be a systems engineer at home, visit our Systems Engineer webpage.