Summer of STEM to take the county by storm

Children aged 8 to 14 have the chance to learn from industry experts in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) this summer, with a programme of events organised across Northumberland.

The summer holiday events will kick off on Thursday 1 August at Northumberland College’s STEM Centre with a full day of exploring STEAM activities. STEAM includes arts alongside other STEM activities, and the day will include four workshops run by industry experts including Crafty Computing and Success4All in their brand new double decker learning bus!

Working in small teams, participants will use their science skills to explore light, UV and design a spacesuit that can protect an astronaut, as well as learning to code music. Other workshops focus on arts and engineering.  

There are 11 events planned in total, with two full-day events (STEAM and STEM) and nine subject specific events covering Berwick, Ashington, Blyth, Widdrington, Hexham, Prudhoe, Rothbury, Morpeth and Alnwick.

The summer will culminate with a full-day event on 29 August with exploring STEM at Duchess’s Community High in Alnwick, which will involve workshops run by Crafty Computing and Success4All, again on their double decker learning bus. Participants will be exploring science through learning how to make toothpaste, as well as some brand new industry led workshops.

Both full-day events (1 and 29 August) will provide opportunities for young people, parents and guardians to visit industry information stands, including Northumbria Police, to discuss the importance of digital and STEM skills, as well as career opportunities within their business.

The events are organised by Northumberland County Council’s digital inclusion team, who aim to tackle digital exclusion, ensuring young people in Northumberland are prepared for the world of work.

Cllr Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services at Northumberland County Council said: “Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are high on the agenda for all educational establishments and workplaces. 

“As a council we wish to promote them by engaging with local schools, children and businesses to increase the opportunities available in our county and showcase the exciting and varied career opportunities that the STEM subjects can open up for our young people.

“It would be great for as many young people as possible to get involved in one of the events we’re running this August.”

Steve Smith, Digital Design & Delivery Manager at Northumberland County Council added: “We aim to provide inspiring, educational and inclusive opportunities for young people. STEM subjects provide critical skills to build successful and rewarding careers and are important across all industries today.”

Events range from free to £10 per child, and are part of a wider inclusion programme. For more information about events and opportunities visit: www.inorthumberland.org.uk/events

Northumberland County Council also actively recruits Digital Champion Volunteers to support the delivery of activity across the county. To find out more or get involved contact: Nathan.Fuller@northumberland.gov.uk

For further information, contact:

Web: www.inorthumberland.org.uk/events

Email: Nathan.Fuller@northumberland.gov.uk

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