Year 5 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.
This morning Year 3 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.
Today, 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.
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 Key Stage 2 have been using our sound loans box. For more information and activities to try at home, visit our Sound loans box page.
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’.
Today children in Reception became meteorologists, thinking about and investigating different types of weather. We have some weather related activities you might like to try at home:
Reflective mobiles- make a sun catcher for your window sill or garden using anything shiny that you can find.
Wind socks- discover which direction the wind is blowing from and how hard it is blowing using plastic bags and empty pop bottles.
Sundials- tell the time using the sun, a pencil and a piece of card.
This afternoon Year 4 became geologists and investigated meteorites. If you would like to try some STEM activities at home, go to https://nustem.uk/stem-at-home/
Today 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?
Today Nursery 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.
Year 1 have been designing, building and testing boats this morning. To try this at home, go to our Naval Architects STEM at home activity, which uses only a piece of tin foil and some coins.