NUSTEM at Kenton Bar 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.

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

 

 

 

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

NUSTEM at Kenton Bar Careers Fair

Today we have been at the Careers Fair, telling children all about the different careers they could have involving computer programming.

Younger children have been doing some simple coding using arrows to direct a robot, and may have come home with the game in the picture. For more information about how to print out and play the game, go to our STEM at home Robot Coding page.

 

Older children have been doing some cryptography and may have come home with a cipher wheel or a code key. For more information about cryptography and making your own codes at home, please go to our Cryptographer page.

 

Friday 17th June Year 6 Astronomers

This morning Year 6 became astronomers and found out about the development of the telescope throughout history as well as about the role of women in astronomy. They discovered what stars are made from and how astronomers know this by analysing the light they produce. To find out more about astronomy and to try some activities at home, click here.

Monday 6th and Wednesday 8th June EYFS bubbles

The NUSTEM team have been in school to work with Nursery children (Monday) and Reception children (Wednesday) investigating different ways to blow bubbles. Why not try our non-messy indoor bubbles at home? You only need a teaspoon of washing up liquid and sugar and a straw to blow bubbles with. Go to our STEM at home bubbles page to find out more.

KS2 Sound loans box June – July 2022

This half term, Kenton Bar Primary have borrowed the KS2 Sound loans box. To find out more about our loans box and to try a related activity at home, click:

Sound loans box

27th January Year 1 Systems Engineers

This afternoon the Year 1 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.

25th January Year 2 Materials Scientists

materialsToday Year 2 children became materials scientists and investigated materials using weight, electricity and magnets. Why not investigate how strong the materials in your home are by trying our NUSTEM at home Bridge Building activity?

Tuesday 18th January Reception Glaciologists

Today Reception children became Glaciologists and investigated melting ice. Why not try our NUSTEM melting ice activity at home? All you need is some ice cubes and bowls to put them in.

18th January Year 6 Underneath the Ice

Today Year 6 have been finding out about what happens underneath the ice in Antarctica. They then wrote their own poem about this. To Find out more and read some poems by children in other schools, visit our Underneath the Ice website page. You may even find their poems there soon!