NUSTEM works across the North-East of England, primarily through a network of around fifty partner schools. We aim for regular, ongoing and sustained interactions with students and their key influencers: their teachers, and their families.
Our workshops, events and courses showcase careers in technology, physical sciences and engineering, to support students – and their families – in making informed decisions about future career directions.
We’re one aspect of the widening participation and outreach work of the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University, but right from the start our funding has based on how we work with audiences, not on how many students sign up to any specific university. We want to help you find what’s right for you and your students.
Below, you will find more information about our secondary programme for 2019-20. While the full range is available to our partner schools, many activities and events are available more broadly, and we’ll do what we can to accommodate other requests. So do contact us!
Our whole-year STEM assemblies are a great way to get your students thinking about where a career in STEM can lead, as we showcase the latest trends in the industry and explore the STEM skills for which employers are looking for.
For 2019 our STEM assembly will focus on the fast growing video game industry of the North East of England.
People Like Me workshops
The People Like Me workshop shows students where people like them are happy and successful in their work. The materials have a particular focus on diversity issues, and also promote the idea that if students continue with at least one STEM subject post-16, they are likely to have better career prospects and more career choices.
Ideally, this workshop should be run in single-gender groups.
What is physics?*
In this workshop students will try to broaden their idea of what physics (and science) is through connecting different ideas, showing the usefulness of physics in their everyday life.
Why do physics?*
For this second workshop, students will act as recruitment agencies trying to find the right people to jobs in STEM.
How do we do physics?*
It this final workshop, students are encourage to think creatively about the scientific method and the peer-review process by tackling an open-ended problem with no given solution.
* Developed by the South East Physics Network, SEPnet, this series of three workshops delivers the idea that physics is an exciting topic, anyone can do it and studying physics broaden career possibilities.Click here to add your own text
This workshop investigates what light is, and how we detect it using our eyes and digital methods. Students will use their knowledge to create beautiful light paintings. Please note this workshop requires subdued light in the room.
Space is big! This workshop looks at just how big, using scale models. Students will also handle meteorites, and discuss out how we know their age.
Hydrophobic Smart Surfaces
From self-cleaning surfaces to harvesting water in dry climates, hydrophobic smart surfaces have a wide range of applications. In this workshop students will explore properties of water droplets and create their own slippery surfaces.
Sixth-Form Evening Lectures
An 8-week series of physics and maths lectures aimed at sixth form students, taking place every Thursday during October and November, from 17:30 to 18:30. Each week will cover a different topic, contextualising physics and maths in real-world applications.
During February half term, NUSTEM will coordinate a one week applied physics work experience programme for a limited number of students keen in gaining academic research skills. Students will be in contact with academics and postgraduate students from the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University.
KS3 students can have very limited careers ideas, especially when it comes to jobs in STEM. Having older students engaging with them could help lessen this. This session is packed with practical ideas for KS5 students keen to develop their role model skills and support younger students with STEM activities in school.
A network for female students
Y10-Y13 female students
NUSTEM has developed a network to connect female A-Level Physics students: Physics Connect. If you are studying physics at GCSE or A-Level, it can support you through:
Connecting you with other girls studying physics
A series of physics and engineering events, and pre-exam study sessions
Introducing you to the variety of careers paths available with a physics qualification
Teachers are a key source of career information for pupils. The Gatsby Good Career Guidelines recommend that careers options are explored within subject classrooms, but also highlight that this an area teachers find challenging.
This CPD session explores straightforward ways to include careers ideas in the everyday classroom, to enrich and support the teaching of curriculum content.
All STEM staff
Unconscious biases are an integral part of human evolution: they allow us to make quick decisions based upon the evidence at our disposal. In this workshop flexible from 60 to 180 minutes, we examine the science behind unconscious bias, begin to understand our own biases, and learn techniques to help us work towards ensuring they do not have a detrimental effect on the learning of children in our schools.
The session is informed by current research, and supports equality and diversity initiatives across the school. It’s available free to NUSTEM partner schools, and to others on a charged basis.