NUSTEM Loans Boxes Spring 2023

This term children at New Delaval Primary have been using NUSTEM loans boxes. 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 Key Stage 2 have been using the following box. Click on the link to find out more about the box:

Electricity loans box.

We hope you enjoy trying some of our activities at home!

16th and 17th November and 14th December Year 5 and 6 Underneath the Ice

Year 5 and 6 visited Thinklab at Northumbria University and became ice core scientists. They travelled to the Antarctic and discovered what we can find out about the past from air bubbles trapped in the ice. The children used this as inspiration to write their own poetry. To find out more about the Antarctic and to see the completed poems, visit our Underneath the Ice page.

Tuesday 1st November Year 4 Geologists

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

This afternoon Year 4 became geologists and investigated rocks from space. For more information about geologists and meteorites, visit our Geologist page.

To use objects from around your home to create your own meteorite impact craters- just like those we can see on the moon, visit our STEM at Home Impact Craters page.

Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th October Key Stage 1 Naval Architects

This week, Year 1 and Year 2 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.

Tuesday 12th and Friday 15th July KS1 Materials Scientists

materialsToday Year 1 children became materials scientists and investigated materials using weight, electricity and magnets. On Friday, Year 2 will be doing this too. Why not investigate how strong the materials in your home are by trying our NUSTEM at home Bridge Building activity?

Wednesday 4th May Reception Robots and Year 4/5 Mechanical Engineers

Today NUSTEM visited Reception class to investigate robots and simple coding. Reception children all got a game and instructions sheet to bring home. More information about the game and other activities can be found on our Robot Coding STEM at home page.

This afternoon is was time for Year 4/5 to become mechanical engineers to investigate marble runs and forces. To create your own marble run or watch the chain reaction machine video again, visit out STEM at home Marble Runs page.

Monday 25th April Year 6 Mechanical Engineers and Friday 29th April Year 4 Mechanical Engineers

Marble Run Close UpIt is great to be back face to face in New Delaval! On Monday Year 6 became mechanical engineers and built marble runs and on Friday Year 4 are becoming mechanical engineers too. 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.

Building a wormery with Year 2

This morning NUSTEM visited Year 2 via Teams to help the children build a wormery and find out more about worms.

Year 2 children brought home a leaflet showing you how to build a wormery at home.

If you want to know what to do with your wormery next and for stories, interviews, activities and more information about worms, click here.

Tuesday 26th November Year 6 Environmental Planners and Wind Turbine Engineers Family workshop

This afternoon, Year 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 6 also looked at maps to see how Blyth has changed over the last two centuries. To have a look at similar historical maps, follow this link:




After school, families became wind turbine engineers, designing the blades for wind turbines and testing them to see which shape would turn the turbine the quickest. Click here for more information and activities.