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2nd October 2020

This year, our exciting celebration of STEM was held on Saturday 11 July ONLINE as our first STEMtastic LIVE! Marty Jopson delivered a Live session to start the day. The day included sessions for primary, secondary and teacher CPD. 

The virtual event involved interactive exhibits from local companies and industries, engaging workshops and high-impact shows, with a particular focus on highlighting the ‘hidden STEM’ in our everyday lives. 

Some of the sessions were live and interactive, while others were pre-recorded. 

All sessions that were live were recorded on the day and can be viewed 

Our STEMtastic Pop-up will cover a range of events starting with 

MISSION TO THE MOON
 
Monday 5 October, 5pm to 6pm
The surface of the Moon is very different from that of Earth. Its surface has highlands and lowlands, mountains and craters

In this hands on activity, Dr Mark Gallaway will support the children to take on the role of astronomers and use light sources to represent the Sun and plasticine to build mountains on a lunar surface. They learn that light from the Sun is blocked by mountains on the lunar surface producing shadows. They investigate how changing the angle of the light source and the size of the mountains affects the size of the shadows produced. They will learn that astronomers can use maths to determine the height of the mountains on the Moon if they know the length of their shadow and angle of the sunlight.

We will also take a look at the history of Lunar exploration and consider the possibilities for future missions.

Handouts and instructions will be sent out prior to the session to ensure that children can gather the experimental equipment.

Suitable for children aged 7 to 13

THE SECRET LIFE OF STARS
 

THE SECRET LIFE OF STARS
 
Tuesday 6 October, 5pm to 6pm
What are stars and how are they different?

Dr Mark Gallaway uses an online planetarium to explain the nature of stars, how they are born and die and how science has found this out.

Suitable for ages 14+

What are stars and how are they different?

Dr Mark Gallaway uses an online planetarium to explain the nature of stars, how they are born and die and how science has found this out.

Suitable for ages 14+

CREATE YOUR OWN BRAIN HOUSE WITH DR HAZEL HARRISON
 
Monday 23 November, 5pm to 6pm
Our brains are a bit like a great big box of lego. As we grow and learn we start to connect up the lego bricks and create structures that help us to make sense of the world around us and our own thoughts and feelings. 

In this hands on session, Dr Hazel Harrison (Clinical Psychologist and presenter of the BBC Brain Lab) will help children to learn more about their amazing brains, using stories, metaphors and craft activities. Children will start to uncover how their brains are built to protect them and what happens when our brains get overwhelmed with powerful emotions like fear or anxiety. Children will have a chance to create their own “brain house” and start to explore their own thoughts and feelings. Dr Hazel will also share some top tips for keeping our minds healthy. 

Handouts and instructions will be sent out prior to the session to ensure that children can gather the experimental equipment.

Suitable for children aged 7 to 13

When and Where

This event takes place on 23/11/2020 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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West Suffolk College is an ambitious vocational and academic College, with a stunning main campus set in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. We are committed to providing outstanding education to all our students.

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