NUSTEM at New York 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 light loans box. For more information about the loans boxes, STEM careers and activities to try at home, visit our  and our Light 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.

Friday 24th June STEM Fair @ New York

Today NUSTEM were at the school STEM fair, making marble runs and seed packets from recycled materials.

The seeds are to grow wildflowers, which attract bees, butterflies and other important pollinators to our gardens and open spaces.

To plant the seeds, you just need to find some soil (this could be in your garden, in a park or field or by the side of a road) tear open the corner of your packet, sprinkle the seeds then  rake over or cover with a thin layer of soil.

Pollinators are important as they carry pollen from flower to flower, making sure plants can produce fruit and seeds. This provides us with food!

To discover how another common creature, the earthworm, helps us in our gardens, fields and farms, you could visit our Make a wormery STEM at home page.

22nd and 23rd June Systems Engineers and Mechanical Engineers

Years 1,2, 4 and 5 have been using marble runs this week. Year 1 and 2 became systems engineers and investigated how to put difference pieces together to become a single marble run. Years 4 and 5 used the same equipment to become mechanical engineers and investigated how to use their knowledge of forces to solve a problem. Visit our NUSTEM at home marble run page to find out how to build a marble run at home using cardboard and tape.

20th and 21st June EYFS Marine Engineers

This week children in Reception and Nursery have become 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.

Structural Engineer and Marble Runs Loans Boxes June – July 2022

This half term, New York Primary have borrowed our Structural Engineer and Marble Run loans boxes. To find out more about our loans boxes and to try some related activities at home, click:

Structural Engineer loans box

Marble Run loans box

Thursday 19th May Year 3 Geologists

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

Today Year 3 became geologists and investigated meteorites which are rocks from space. For more activities to try at home, go to our meteor crater activity.

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May Year 6 Environmental Modellers

On Monday and Tuesday, Year 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.

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May EYFS Lighting Engineers

On Monday Reception children became lighting engineers and on Tuesday so did the Nursery children, 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.

10th December Year 1 Materials Scientists

Today Year 1 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?

29th November More Reception Meteorologists!

This afternoon it was the turn of the second Reception class to become meteorologists and investigate the weather.  Why not try a sunny weather activity and make a reflective mobile? This just uses anything shiny you can find around your home.