NUSTEM loans boxes Autumn 2 2022

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 half term, children in Key Stage 1 have been using our Cubetto loans box. For more information and activities to try at home, visit our Cubetto loans box page.

Wednesday 14th September Year 1 Naval Architects

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’.

This afternoon, Year 1 became naval architects. They designed, built and tested their own boats.

To discover how to design, build and test a boat with tin foil, visit our STEM at Home tin foil boats page.

18th November 2021 EYFS Lighting Engineers

This morning Reception and Nursery became lighting engineers, investigating light and colours and shadows and making shadow puppets. Why not try our NUSTEM at home shadow tubes activity? This uses only a toilet roll tube, a torch (or phone) and some clingfilm.

Naval Architects in the Owls Class

We had a fantastic session with the Owls class this morning, designing, building and testing boats. You can try our Naval Architects STEM at home activity, using only a piece of tin foil and some coins.

Friday 14th February Family Structural Engineers

Sunset bridge

This afternoon, families joined the NUSTEM team for a drop in structural engineering activity. We challenged you to design and build the strongest bridge possible, and to test this by hanging 100g weights from the centre of the bridge to see how much weight it would hold before it collapsed.

How did you do?

For more building activities to try at home using inexpensive, household resources, click here.

What is a structural engineer?

Structural engineers are focused on all aspects concerned with buildings and built structures, such as houses, hospitals, office blocks, bridges, oil rigs, ships and aircraft. They work to understand, predict and measure aspects such as the strength, stability and how rigid buildings are. They also work to develop new designs or modify the designs of buildings or structures which are to be constructed and are responsible for choosing the appropriate materials, such as concrete, steel, timber and masonry, to meet design specification.

Attributes: observant, committed, tenacious

There are many different kinds of engineers. We have lots more career information and activities related to different types of engineers for you to try at home.  Click here to find out more about wind energy engineers, click here to learn about sound engineers, and click here to discover more about mechanical engineers.

Friday 10th January 2020 Year 5 and 6 Environmental Modellers and Environmental Planners

Today Year 5 and 6 found out how environmental modellers collect and use data to predict the future. To find out more about environmental modellers, how to help the environment and for modelling activities you can try at home, click here.

After that, Year 5 and  6 became environmental planners and used maps to discover how finding out about the past can help us to predict the future. To find out more about environmental planners, click here. Year 5 and 6 also looked at maps to see how Killingworth has changed over the last two centuries. To have a look at similar historical maps, follow this link:




Wednesday 8th January 2020 Year 3 and 4 Palaeontologists

This afternoon Year 3 and 4 became palaeontologists, exploring fossils and using pollen samples to investigate how the earth’s climate has changed over millions of years . For more information and activities to try at home, click here.

Tuesday 7th January 2020 Year 1 and 2 Naval Architects

This morning Year 1 and  2 became naval architects and discovered how to float a goat on a boat! To find out more about what they did and for some extra activities you can try at home, click here.