NUSTEM Loans Boxes Spring 2023

This term children at Stephenson Memorial 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 EYFS and Key Stage 1 have been using the following box. Click on the link to find out more about the box:

Mini Beasts loans box

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

Thursday 8th December Year 5 Materials Scientists

This afternoon Year 5 visited Thinklab at Northumbria University to become materials scientist and find out more about the research our academics do here. Year 5 investigated ways water behaves on different surfaces.

For another water investigation that you could try, using only a glass of water, some paper and pens, visit our STEM at Home Looking through water page.

Tuesday 4th October 2022 Year 3 Geologists

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

This afternoon 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.

Wednesday 28th September Key Stage 1 Naval Architects

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.

NUSTEM at Stephenson Memorial 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’.

KS2 Electricity and Light loans boxes June – July 2022

This half term Stephenson Memorial Primary have borrowed the KS2 Electricity and Light loans boxes. To find out more about our loans boxes and for some related activities that you can do at home, click:

Electricity loans box

Light loans box


8th February 2022 Year 6 Underneath the Ice

Today Year 6 children have been finding out about what happens underneath the ice in Antarctica. They have also been writing poems 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 on the website soon!

Tuesday 25th February Year 4 Materials Scientists

Today, Year 4 became materials scientists, testing the properties of different materials and deciding what they could be used for. Click here to find out what materials scientists do and for some fun activities you can do at home.

Friday 31st January 2020 Year 2/3 Palaeontologists


Today,  Year 2/3 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.

Friday 13th December Year 6 Cryptographers

Today both Year 6 classes came into our Think Lab at Northumbria University to become cryptographers. This involved encrypting and decrypting messages and discovering how this keeps us safe online.

For more information about careers which use cryptography, activities you can try at home and a secret message to decode from NUSTEM, click here.