Science, Technology Engineering And mathematics (STEM)

Young people at the NWG Innovation Festival

Many of the organisations based in the North East region need people with strong skills in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) to thrive now and into the future. An abundant supply of people with a passion for STEM is also essential to achieve growth in employment too.  If you are familiar with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan*, for example, you’ll have noticed that the four areas identified as having huge potential to generate jobs within the North East economy will all rely on great STEM skills:

  • Digital
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Sub-sea, offshore and energy technologies 

Find out more about the "Areas of Opportunity" as part of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership by clicking the link below.


Heidi Mottram - Northumbrian Water Group CEO

Our sector is changing at a rapid pace. Innovation and emerging technologies are shaping new developments and new ways of delivering our service. Artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and digitisation are setting the agenda for change and we need people with the right skills to help us take advantage of these emerging opportunities.
— Heidi Mottram (Northumbrian Water Group CEO)

What are we doing about this?

The 2018 NWG Innovation Festival aims to inspire current and next generations about STEM and design thinking, by hosting a number of exciting, interactive sessions.

Key Stage 2 Children at the 2017 NWG Innovation Festival

Key Stage 2 & 3 Activities

As well as the important technical stuff, the 700+ Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students who’ll spend time with us will get an opportunity to practice those important personal skills, which if they master them can help set them up for a really successful career:  relationship building, communication skills, resilience, problem solving and confidence.

Find out more detail of the workshops below.

Schools will have access to activities to prepare for their visit to the Festival and can build on what they’ve learned with resources to take back into the classroom.

 Oracle are supporting the 2018 NWG Innovation Fesival

Oracle are supporting the 2018 NWG Innovation Fesival

For the adults

We’ll be hosting short workshops run by Oracle to give women in technology the confidence to share their story and encourage girls and other women to seriously consider the great career options in the sector. 

Oracle will also be offering IT developers the opportunity to develop fun skills.

DID YOU KNOW WE ARE A ZERO WASTE FESTIVAL?

Young people taking part in the Bedroom Sprint - part of the 2017 NWG Innovation Festival

Blue Planet: Teenager Sprint

Circa 80 Teenagers at Key Stage 4 and above have the opportunity to make a difference to the planet and our oceans, working with industry experts on a design sprint to find solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing our generation – to reduce our dependency on single use plastic.

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NWG Academy Sprint : More meaningful encounters with employers for young people

Meaningful encounters with employers during a young person’s education have been shown to have a major impact on whether they are likely to find employment.  It makes sense.  How can young people even begin to imagine what the world of work is like, and what they might want to do, without being able to see and talk about some of it?   How can employers and education create many more opportunities to give real and valuable insight into career options?

Find out more about all of this years sprints, including our Blue Planet Sprint and our NWG Academy Sprint, by clicking the link below.


 The STEM Initiative at the 2018 NWG Innovation Festival is supported by the Life Science Centre, Newcastle

The STEM Initiative at the 2018 NWG Innovation Festival is supported by the Life Science Centre, Newcastle

Life Science Centre - Key Stage 2 and 3 Workshops

 The Poo Show explores the weird and wonderful world of waste, from the cubed droppings from wombats to how astronauts poo in space.

The Poo Show explores the weird and wonderful world of waste, from the cubed droppings from wombats to how astronauts poo in space.

PINGBALL AND THE POO SHOW (KS2)

This session is split in to two to allow for the shorter attention span of younger children. This session is suitable for up to a class of 30 and will focus on experimental play with a take on the ever-popular pinball machines. This game intends to develop relationship building and communication skills and encourages students to set their own goals and helps them discover fair testing for themselves. The focus of the activity is problem solving and energy conservation. This workshop follows the principles of ‘tinkering’, allowing pupils to make their own decisions and their own mistakes; it is about process rather than outcome. Participants in the Pingball workshop will also have the opportunity to see ‘Number 2, The Poo Show’.

 Key Stage 3 children at the 2017 NWG Innovation Festival

Key Stage 3 children at the 2017 NWG Innovation Festival

STORE AND RIDE (KS3)

This two-hour session is for students aged 11-14 to develop resilience, risk taking and confidence. The focus is on learning through experimentation. This session will accommodate 30 students who will get the opportunity to design and build a stored energy vehicle looking at creative engineering, resourcefulness and imagination. It encourages team work and continuous testing as part of the design process. The main focus of the workshops will be allowing the students to investigate forces and how they can be transmitted. This workshop follows the principles of ‘tinkering’, allowing pupils to make their own decisions and their own mistakes; it is about process rather than outcome.

 
 The first Mars Rover landed August 6, 2012 and since then there have been four Rovers operated on the Red Planet

The first Mars Rover landed August 6, 2012 and since then there have been four Rovers operated on the Red Planet

MISSION TO MARS (UPPER KS2, LOWER KS3)

Using the ExoMars mission, landing a rover on Mars in 2020 as inspiration, this session develops problem solving and teamwork skills whilst the students program a Mars rover to search an unfamiliar terrain for evidence of water or minerals. This will concentrate their logical thinking processes enabling the students to realise real world, and out of this world applications for their coding skills

 The supersonic car that is designed not only to go faster than the speed of sound (supersonic) but to over 1,000 mph.

The supersonic car that is designed not only to go faster than the speed of sound (supersonic) but to over 1,000 mph.

ORACLE

You may have heard of the Bloodhound Project aiming to smash the world land speed record by reaching 1000mph.  Oracle are collaborating with both Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car) and their education programme to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers – we will be bringing a taste of this to Newcastle! Oracle will share how the impossible becomes possible, design thinking and basic coding. Students will have a chance to engage with the Bloodhound story. It will be a mix of activity, design and chat!  Activities will be tailored to KS2 or KS3 as appropriate.