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Stargazing, circus tricks and geology rocks - Virtual Marra Camp has it all!

Published: May 18, 2020 3 min read

STEM learning

The Marra Camp, an international educational event, is open to all for 2020. The event is hosted by the Northumberland Scouts and supported by STEM Ambassadors.

Taking place 22 to 25 May, the theme for this year is ‘carnival’ and all the activity sessions are being brought to you virtually. You must register prior to the event and all the sessions are free.



During the weekend, participants can visit six programme ‘tents’ with activities that will be adventurous, creative and unique. The programme is organised to allow young people to challenge themselves, try new things, learn about the world they live in and make new friends! You will be able to visit: The Big Top, STEM Tent, Media Tent, Talk Tent, Craft Tent and Training Tent. Watch the short taster video to see what to expect.​

Virtual Marra Camp sessions include:

Friday 22 May

  • 9:30 pm LIVE - The Sky at Night
    Dan Pye, Astronomer at Kielder Observatory, gives a live introduction to the stars. Discussing what they are and the mysteries surrounding them. He will look at the constellations, why we use them, what they are useful for, and how you can learn about the night sky from your home.

Saturday 23 May

  • 10:00 am - Make your own Rocket Launcher
    Join STEM Ambassador Dionne Kennedy as she explores the power of flight and shows you how to make your very own paper rocket launcher from household items.
  • 11:30 am LIVE – Weather Workshop
  • 1:30 pm LIVE – Life’s a Circus
    Roll up, roll up for all the fun of the fair with Jo, Jake and Keira Edwards. Make your own juggling balls and Poi spinning from materials found around your home. Once they’re made, they will then teach you how to use them. You’ll become a circus performer in no time!! Younger children will need help from an adult.
  • 3:00 pm (Recorded with LIVE Q&A session at the end) - Busy Bees with the Northumberland Honey Company
  • 4:30 pm LIVE – Can you believe everything you see in films?
  • 9:00 pm – Join the Circus

Sunday 24th May

  • 10:00 am LIVE – Rainbows and Bees
  • 11:30 am – Special Effects make-up
  • 1:30 pm – Violent Volcanoes
  • 3:00 pm – Chocolate and Microwaves
  • 4:30 pm – Geology ‘rocks’
    Learn all about volcanoes in this explosive session with STEM Ambassador and Geologist, Paul McMann. Find out why and how volcanoes erupt and the devastating impact they have on the surrounding environment. Create your very own volcanic eruption using ingredients found in your kitchen cupboards.

Monday 25th May

  • 10:00 am – It’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s chemistry
    Join Stephanie Sdepanian from the Royal Society of Chemistry, to find out what seemingly unconnected things can teach you about science. You might be surprised with what you can learn from everyday objects around the house, and a little imagination. Get an adult to help you and follow along with our activities.
  • 11:30 am LIVE – Imagining the Sun

Visit the Northumberland Scouts website for more details on the sessions and keep checking for further updates and changes to the schedule.