The Blair Project's STEM Truck activity days provide young people with hands-on STEM activities that link to real world careers.
The STEM truck activity days provide engaging and educational experiences for young people in the North West of England to learn more about STEM careers and the science that underpins them, by taking part in fun and educational physics experiments around cars and motorsport.
In the 'Magnificent Materials' Activity they will learn about 3-D printing and undertake simple CAD design on tablets. With the 'Power Up' Activity they will connect electrical circuits to power flying saucers and sirens, and learn about what can affect and increase electrical power. And with our 'Friction Ramp' they will move objects down different surfaces to see which moves the quickest. There will also be a short Grand Prix quiz at the end, followed by completion of feedback forms by the students.
The STEM truck activity sessions are usually delivered outside with gazebos and tables set up to cover the activities, though the providers are open to a combination of some activities outdoors and some indoors. Secondary-age and undergraduate student volunteers will help deliver the sessions to provide further connection and inspirational STEM role models for the young people.
The STEM truck activity days will provide an accessible window for young people into STEM careers, whilst linking them to the existing STEM curriculum.
Cost and location
£690+VAT for a full day's activities, £490+VAT for a half day.
A half day would usually encompass 2 activity sessions, with each activity session taking approximately 90 minutes. A full day would encompass a maximum of 4 sessions.
For up to 60 students. Ideally there would be no more than 15 students per session.
Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects
Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects
Develop engineering employability skills
Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers
Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering
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:
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.
Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.
Tech We Can Champions are volunteers who visit schools virtually or in person to inspire future generations about a career in tech.