NORTH STAR 2021
A day of inspiration and wonder to celebrate the best of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)...
The North Star programme promotes innovation and opportunity in the South Yorkshire region to inspire the next generation to consider careers in STEAM subjects. We back a vision for the UK to become the best place in world to practice Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, and believe that inspired communities can chart their own path to health, wealth and happiness.
We want to connect our young people to inspirational people and places which will spark their imaginations and help them see the great opportunities in STEAM in the UK.
What happened at North Star 2021?
We will be inviting students in years 8 and 9 from across the South Yorkshire region to travel to Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park Resort for the day on 24th November 2021.
The jam-packed day will be opened by Professor Brian Cox who will deliver an inspiring speech to the students.
Students will then be split into smaller groups and rotate around a series of employer-led workshops and talks from our exciting line-up of keynote speakers.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 2021
PROFESSOR BRIAN COX
Brian Cox serves as professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester. He is best known to the public as the presenter of science programmes, especially the Wonders of… series and for popular science books, such as Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe. He has been the author or co-author of over 950 scientific publications.
Inspirational and motivational speaker, Ruth Amos, is an Inventor, Entrepreneur, Edutuber, Managing Director of Stairsteady and co-founder of the #girlswithdrills movement. Ruth is also co-founder of YouTube channel ‘Kids Invent Stuff’.
Ruth’s passion and love of engineering inspired her and fellow inventor Shawn Brown to co-create a YouTube Channel ‘Kids Invent Stuff’ (as seen on The One Show, BBC News Online and Tomorrow’s World Live) – a YouTube channel where 5-11 year olds have the chance to get their invention ideas built by real engineers.
Leah Morgan is a project engineer at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). She joined UKAEA 3 years ago after finishing her physics degree, and is now responsible for some of the most sophisticated scientific equipment in the world. She has led several important projects, become a Mental Health First Aider, become an Inclusion Ambassador, and founded the UKAEA Women’s Network. In her spare time she also runs her own science communication business @LeahLoveScience!
Jack is a final year mechanical engineering student at the University of Glasgow and the founder of GU Rocketry – a student-led group that designs, builds, and launches high-powered rockets. With now over 90 members, GU Rocketry aims to inspire the next generation of engineers to pursue a career in the emerging UK Space industry while giving students hands-on, practical experience. Jack is kindly sponsored by RS Grass Roots Education.
DR SIMON GOODWILL
Simon is the Head of the Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. Simon completed his PHD in 2003 which aimed to model the impact between a tennis ball and racket, and he has since continued to be involved in many research projects with the International Tennis Federation. He has worked extensively with elite level Performance Analysts, developing custom software applications to help them improve athlete performance. These applications include image processing techniques which are used to track the motion of athletes in the field. Many of the developed systems were used by Team GB athletes during their training for the London 2021, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Ayesha is an architecture graduate from the University of Liverpool where her interests in exploring how we can design for current and future climate concerns began. Having joined Barratt Developments Group Technical and Innovation team in August 2021, Ayesha has worked on Barratt Developments’ Z House – ‘Zero Carbon Concept Home of the Future’ whilst her primary role going forward is to support the business in their endeavours to reduce their embodied carbon and manage site waste.
Danielle’s background is in low carbon building design and building services. She joined the Business back in 2010. Danielle’s primary role is to develop and manage the Group Technical Specifications for Part L for England and Wales and Section 6 Scotland providing the Divisional offices with standard Group solutions and implementing technical strategies throughout the organisation.
Part of assisting the business on the above is ensuring future Regulatory Requirements are commercially viable enabling Divisions to efficiently deliver sites. Danielle has a presence on various Governmental and Non-Governmental task groups that shape the way legislation evolves.
Danielle participates in both internal and external research and development projects to share best practice across the industry, some of which included the industry leading AIMC4 Project and the Zero Carbon Hubs Design vs As Built Work Groups.
THE ROYAL NAVY
Join some of the team from The Royal Navy as they put you through your paces with some virtual reality activities relating to nuclear submarines.
UK ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY & SHEFFIELD PARK ACADEMY
An exciting co-created workshop which will allow students to explore what plasma is, how it is formed and what happens when you put it in the microwave!
IBSTOCK BRICK & WALES HIGH SCHOOL
Another co-created workshop looking at how bricks are made, what materials are used and how we build using the finished product.
SHEFFIELD ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Join Engineering students from The University of Sheffield to explore how bridges are engineered by building your own bridge… using spaghetti of course!
FORGED SOLUTIONS GROUP & MALTBY ACADEMY
Ever wondered how materials are forged and used in jet engines? Explore this with Forged Solutions Group and Maltby Academy with their exciting hands-on activities.
KIDS INVENT STUFF
With only chocolate as your material, can you build the tallest freestanding chocolate structure, solely by welding chocolate together? And most importantly can you resist the urge to eat your components?!
DIRECT EDUCATION BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
Students will work in small engineering teams to design, build and test a model that can transport tomatoes across a river, they will then test their final model to see how many tomatoes they can transport in 2 minutes without squashing them.
You will have the opportunity to take the shapes of plastic ears, listen through hearing aids, discover what it feels like to have a hearing loss, and test your balance abilities.
GULLIVER'S VALLEY THEME PARK RESORT
An exciting opportunity to help design a new science themed area of the theme park, the team will help you understand the STEAM skills needed to build and run a theme park.
BARRATT DEVELOPMENTS PLC
Walk through a Barratt Development in virtual form and find the Golden House which will help save the world! Learn about the different technologies and innovations which go into a house in order to reduce your carbon footprint. Find the houses, the saver cards and then find the Golden House! If you find the houses in the quickest time as a team you could not only save the world but win a special prize too!