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By Iain Hendry on

A STEMTASTIC day out for local schools

On 6 December, we welcomed 250 Bradford schoolchildren to the museum for a very special event all about the wonders of physics.

One week on and we’re still buzzing about our fantastic STEMTASTIC Physics event!  Featuring 10 schools, 250 pupils and a load of scintillating science, the STEMTASTIC Schools Day was an action-packed extravaganza of all things physics.

Supported by our friends at the Ogden Trust, the event took place on Thursday 6 December, welcoming new faces (and sharp minds) from BD5 and Holme Wood. For many students, this was their first visit to the National Science and Media Museum—and what better place to start than in our wonderful Wonderlab?

Bankfoot and Bowling Park Primaries gather for a Wonderlab experience
See the world! Bankfoot and Bowling Park Primaries gather for a Wonderlab experience
A STEM Ambassador from 7Subsea talks to pupils about sound and light
A STEM Ambassador from OneSubSea talks to pupils about sound and light

Pupils explored the wonders of Wonderlab with STEM Ambassadors, who shared their science expertise, chatted about sci-careers and had a crack at the interactive exhibits too!

A big element of the day was making physics—and the people that use it—accessible to young people. Srivaas (pictured above) was one of 15 contributors on the day. Students spent time with a host of different professionals, all using physics in different ways.

Sound Artist Dan Fox talks about sonics and cymbals with Knowleswood Primary School
Sound Artist Dan Fox talks about sonics and cymbals with Knowleswood Primary School
Schoolchildren take part in a physics activity
Students get to grips with… we’re not actually sure what this is. Any help Knowleswood?

Speakers came from lots of different backgrounds—from academia to industry to the arts. In our Meet the Scientist session, Dan Fox spoke to pupils about how physics informs his work as a sound artist.

Physics supports a world of careers. It also supports a world of ideas. During the day students learned about the physics of stars, brown bats, mechanics, microscopes, volcanoes… and even rollercoasters!

Pupils have a go at making rollercoasters (and learn about forces)
Hold onto your hats! Pupils have a go at making rollercoasters (and learn about forces)
A National Science and Media Museum Explainer introduces a science activity to a group of schoolchildren
High Five! St Matthews are coasting our Explainer Siobhan
Pupils bring speakers back to life (and learn about magnetism)
Pupils bring speakers back to life (and learn about magnetism)

As well as talking physics, pupils got to do plenty of physics too. Our rollercoaster workshop was run by Leeds University and the Ogden Trust. Our Noisy Toys Workshops mixed physics and engineering, giving students the chance to break down speakers and hear (and see) the physics of sound.

Getting hands-on is one way to open hands and minds to physics. But when it comes to opening people’s eyes, only one thing will do: an eye-popping trip to our IMAX cinema!

Schoolchildren watching an IMAX film
They are learning… we promise! Pupils get up close with an educational IMAX documentary

All in all, STEMTASTIC was a fantastic, fun-filled day. We certainly got a kick out of being part of it, and loved bringing the pupils, schools and scientists together.

However, we couldn’t have done this without the amazing support from our friends at the Ogden Trust. Ogden are a fantastic organisation who promote physics in schools (and beyond!). They’re determined to get more people studying and enjoying physics—we’re therefore super happy they could support us with our big STEMTASTIC Day. Thanks Ogden!

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