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Primary STEM workshops

Practical STEM workshops covering a wide range of topics, designed to support the delivery of the World Around Us area of learning.

Primary STEM workshops

These hands-on workshops can be used to stimulate interest in science and technology within the context of the Northern Ireland curriculum, enhance learning, and motivate children.

Sessions can also be used as a stimulus for STEM project work, opening up many possibilities of participation in other programmes.

They highlight the value of STEM subjects and the relevance of classroom learning.


Minimum of 15 participants, maximum of 60 participants.


Activities are free to schools in Northern Ireland. For schools in other areas typical cost is £150 to £250, depending on duration, numbers involved and cost of materials.


Workshops can be tailored to suit the needs of each class, typically it is a half-day or full-day programme, working with a range of classes.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers


  • Plants
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Materials
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Electricity
  • Earth and space
  • Forces

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Making predictions
  • Setting up tests
  • Observing and measuring
  • Recording data
  • Interpreting and communicating results
  • Evaluating

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

Good for a career in...

  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Space
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