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STEM Truck Activity Day

The Blair Project's STEM Truck activity days provide young people with hands-on STEM activities that link to real world careers.

STEM Truck Activity Day

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 exploring the physics of motorsport through materials, power and aerodynamics.

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 how what can affect and increase electrical power. And in Splitters and Spoilers they build an aerodynamic structure from plastic and paper which is then tested in a wind tunnel - so they learn about splitters, spoilers and the Venturi effect. 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. Volunteers of a similar age and background to the students will help deliver the sessions, to provide further connection and inspiration to the young people.

The STEM truck activity days will provide an accessible window for young people into STEM careers, whilst linking 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 120 students. Ideally there would be no more than 30 students per session.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • 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

Subjects and topics

    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

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.

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

What the teachers say

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The STEM truck was a truly marvellous experience. The students enjoyed the sessions, it was hands on and linked to everyday scenarios, different stations set up so the students were engaged throughout the whole session. The team were flexible and accommodating to all needs and abilities. So simple to organise, the team were adaptable to the school day, quick and efficient set up. Highly recommend it.
Lindsay Turner STEM Lead
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