STEM Clubs Week
STEM Clubs Week 2022 – Launching into Space
STEM Clubs Week is a free, virtual event that is a week-long celebration of STEM Clubs across the country. This annual event supports club leaders and educators in developing existing clubs, or setting up new clubs.
This year’s theme is 'Launching into Space', and throughout the week, STEM Clubs leaders and young people alike will be inspired by our exciting timetable of space-themed virtual sessions, including talks, fun challenges and webinars. STEM Clubs Week 2022 also offers young people the chance to virtually connect with space industry professionals and learn about STEM careers.
Let’s do the CanSat challenge
Tuesday 28 June - 10am
Rebecca Crawford-Richardson and Josh Duncan, STEM Learning
Join the team at STEM Learning to find out about the CanSat challenge and how you can be involved.
The career journey of a Space Engineer
Wednesday 29 June - 10am
Jodie Howlett, UK Space Agency
Hear from Jodie Howlett, a Space Systems Engineer at the UK Space Agency, on how she navigated her way to working in the Space sector.
Building skills for a career in the space industry
Thursday 30 June - 10am
Samiksha Raviraja, UKSEDS
Join a session to hear from Samiksha on what skills are essential for a career in the space industry and how you can cultivate those in your students.
Launch into space through dance
Thursday 30 June - 3.30pm
National Space Centre
Learn about rockets and then let's dance! All you need is enough space in the room to stretch your legs and boogie.
The road to rocketry
Monday 27 June - 11am
(Primary & Secondary)
Nathanael Jenkins, Imperial College London
Join Nathanael Jenkins on his road to rocketry as he talks about the journey, he has taken from his early days in the school STEM club, participating in and winning the F1 in Schools competition and his studying aeronautical engineering at Imperial College. Discover why aiming high, teamwork, communication and other essential skills can lead to great things. Nathanael's journey has ignited a lifetime aim which he is on track to fulfill.
What’s happening in orbit
Tuesday 28 June - 11am
Ciara McGrath, Manchester University
How many spacecrafts are flying around just above our heads? What are they all doing? And how can we use STEM to design new space missions that make the world a better place?
Get some paper and pens ready if you want to try the Maths problems in the talk.
Wednesday 29 June - 11am
David Pollard, Spaceport Cornwall
An introduction to the first ever launch of a satellite into space from UK soil.
Behind the scenes at RAL Space
Thursday 30 June - 11am
(Primary & Secondary)
Vicky Hall, RAL Space
Join Vicky in exploring RAL Space - laboratory that carries out world-class science research and technology development with significant involvement in more than 210 instruments on missions to date.
The history of space travel – past, present and future
Friday 1 July - 11am
British Interplanetary Society
Come along and find out about how space travel has progressed through the ages and how the future of Space travel may look.
How a rocket works
Monday 27 June - 3.30pm
(Primary & Secondary)
Suzanne Harvey, Royal Institution
Join the tram at the Royal Institution to find out how a rocket works.
Bottle Rocket Project
Tuesday 28 June - 3.30pm
Mike Fairbaine, EgglesCliffe School and 6th Form College
A practical activity which focuses the students to design, build and launch their own bottle rocket. For the activity you will need:
- Corks that’ll fit in the mouth of 2 litre bottles
- 10-20 bike pump needles
- 2L plastic bottles (one per kid at least)
- Corrugated card or plastic for fins
- Thin card or material to make nose nones
- Duct tape
- Marker pens
- Scissors and craft knives
- Lots of water
- Drill with small bit, or very fine punch
Send a message to the International Space Station
Wednesday 29 June - 3.30pm
(Secondary & Primary)
Claire Given, Astro Pi
Would you like to write some code and send it to the International Space Station to be read by the astronauts on board? If so, join this session to learn all about the Astro Pi programme. No coding experience is necessary, and the activity can be completed in a single lesson.
Code Club codealong
Thursday 30 June - 1.30pm
(Suitable for 9-13 years old)
Yasmin Hanif, Raspberry Pi
We are inviting your group to join the Code Club team to create a simple project in Scratch. The codealong is aimed at young people aged 9–13 and is open to all schools and community groups regardless of whether they attend Code Club.
STEM Clubs CPD Sessions
|Tuesday||Getting your STEM Club started|
|Wednesday||How to a Successful and Thriving STEM Club|
|Thursday||Enhancing employability skills and careers knowledge|
|Friday||Measuring Impact and gaining recognition|
Space themed STEM resources
Here at STEM Learning we have a library of free Space related resources for you to access.
- The Solar System
- Hitting the Moon
- Universe in a box
- Solar system puzzle kit
- Up, up, up! - Build and launch your own rockets
- Why is there junk in space
- Cleaning up space
- Coming back to Earth safely
- Solar system holiday