Bringing young people, educators, scientists and businesses together to explore the future of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) in the South Yorkshire Region


Bringing young people, educators, scientists and businesses together to explore the future of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) in the South Yorkshire Region​

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious.”
Stephen Hawking
Theoretical Physicist

A week of inspiration and wonder to celebrate the best of Science, Technology, Engineering, arts and Maths (STEAM). Over 2,500 young people from across Rotherham, Sheffield and beyond came together to meet leaders from multiple fields of science to have their ambitions ignited.

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.

Led by Professor Brian Cox, students from across Rotherham and Sheffield will experience a world class programme. Secondary schools can sign up to join our interactive live streamed events from their classrooms and enable students to connect to leading scientists, engineers and educators who are charting a course to a sustainable future. We hope that students will finish the week inspired for the future and confident in the opportunities for great careers stretching ahead of them.

The North Star programme promotes innovation and opportunity in the Sheffield City 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 hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and help them to realise their full potential."
Professor Brian Cox CBE


Tuesday 1st December 2020

An Afternoon with Professor Brian Cox

Schools from across Rotherham, Sheffield and beyond attended a virtual event with Professor Brian Cox CBE. Professor Cox gave an inspirational talk on ‘Space, Time and Black Holes’ followed by a curated Q&A answers questions pre-submitted by students. This event was hosted in Rotherham, but we will also welcome partner schools from across the UK.


Wednesday 2 December and Thursday 3 December

North Star Event – Engineering a sustainable future

Each afternoon delivered an exciting and engaging programme of STEAM. Each day students experienced a bespoke blend of live and pre-recorded activity and had the chance to experience inspirational talks, engage in interactive sessions and be exposed to the people and businesses operating at the cutting edge of science.



Prof. 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.


Dan Jarvis (Mayor of Sheffield City Region)

Dan joined us and talked to our young people about the growing opportunities in the Sheffield City Region and the ambition for us to build back better and develop a strong and sustainable green economy for a sustainable 2050.


Leah Morgan (UK AEA)

Leah Morgan told us all about what fusion energy is and why it’s so important to our current and future lives. Leah also explained how their journey from school to university led her to where she is now, working on one of the world’s largest engineering and scientific projects.

Phill O’Dell (Rolls-Royce)

Phill is the pilot of the zero-emission ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft which is expected to make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300+ MPH in early 2021. He joined us to tell us what it’s like working at Roll’s-Royce and what it takes to pilot such an amazing aircraft.


Ruth Amos

Our host with the most. Inventor, entrepreneur and co-founder of Kids Invent Stuff, skilfully guided us through the week and shared her own inspirational story along the way

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Dr Susanne Imber (University of Leicester)

Suzanne Imber is a Planetary Scientist, and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Leicester. She was the winner of the 2017 BBC Two television program Astronauts, Do You Have What It Takes?


Andrew Mawson Partnerships was started by Lord Mawson OBE: one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs.

Andrew founded the internationally renowned Bromley-by-Bow Centre nearly three decades ago. Successive Governments have used this, along with many of the other pathfinder projects that Andrew has developed over the past 30 years, frequently as national exemplars for successful community regeneration. Andrew’s championing and development of an integrated working model – involving health, education, housing, business and enterprise – has received international recognition.

Andrew Mawson Partnerships acts as an umbrella consultancy to a growing portfolio of regeneration projects. Andrew’s vision for building strong, vibrant communities, along with his integrity and charisma, has attracted many talented partners to the team with a wealth of practical experience.

Gulliver’s have been providing magic to children for over 40 years – from the fantastic fun at our theme parks and attractions, to great priced gifts and presents. A well established family business Gulliver’s is committed to working in partnership with the communities around their resorts.

Gulliver’s Valley Resort opened in Summer 2020 offering a great selection of rides, attractions and short breaks to enjoy. Families can book a day visit or staycation in advance and look forward to a magical adventure at the UK’s newest Theme Park Resort. Get ready for giant adventures at Gulliver’s Valley Resort, South Yorkshire!

Harworth are the master developer of the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) which is home to some of the World’s biggest manufacturers including Rolls Royce, Boeing and McLaren Automotive. Technology developed at the AMP is already being utilised in leading edge projects including Formula One and commercial aircraft. Harworth continue to develop out the Advanced Manufacturing Park to promote scientific and engineering research and manufacturing alongside the residential and community development at Waverley.

Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of four in South Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England.

Established in 1850 by Her Majesty Queen Victoria to organise the first world trade fair: The Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. Prince Albert was appointed President and took personal charge of the whole complex operation. In just sixteen months a site was chosen in Hyde Park, the iconic Crystal Palace (the largest covered structure on earth at that time) was designed, manufactured and erected and 100,000 exhibits assembled so that the Great Exhibition opened on time on 1 May 1851. It was an enormous success, attracting more than 6 million visitors and made a substantial profit. When the Exhibition closed in October 1851, the Royal Commission was then established as a permanent body to spend the profits in realising Prince Albert’s ambition to “increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry.

Fast forward 170 years and The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and the Royal Commission very generously provided a grant to support the delivery of science summer school events in Rotherham and Skelmersdale as part of a broader wrap around programme of STEM support in both towns.

Sheffield City Council is the city council for the metropolitan borough of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. It consists of 84 councillors, elected to represent 28 wards, each with three councillors

Well Rotherham is an innovation project delivered by South Yorkshire Housing Association. The aim of the project is to take an asset based approach to developing communities and improving health and well-being.

The project based in Waverley is aiming to draw on the opportunities provided by the new Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), the new housing and commercial development and the planned country park to benefit the well-being of the local and wider Rotherham population.

The University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre provides manufacturing companies across the Yorkshire and Humber region with apprentices of the highest standard, taught at its state-of-the-art facility in Waverley, Rotherham.

The People’s Picture is a photography and design studio from British artist Helen Marshall. Every artwork is made up of thousands of photos yet every single one tells a story. As an artist-led studio practice we create innovative photo mosaic artworks and installations at the leading edge of design and technology. Pictures are powerful. People connect with pictures. People share their memories, dreams and celebrate through pictures. We are experts in visual storytelling, digital photo mosaics and bringing communities together

The project aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEAM and become the next generation of Britain’s scientists.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is the UK’s national fusion laboratory with world-leading expertise in fusion science and engineering. UKAEA’s mission is to deliver sustainable fusion energy, maximising the scientific and economic impacts. We undertake scientific studies at our Culham Centre for Fusion Energy to better understand essential knowledge of fusion physics alongside engineering projects to design improvements to fusion machines. Our Remote Applications in Challenging Environments facility researches and develops new remote engineering solutions. At our Materials Research Facility, we explore which materials should be used inside fusion reactors, and how we can build the best future fusion power plants.

Very Creative is a friendly, full-service creative events company based in Sheffield but first and foremost we are ideas people. Our strength lies in creating innovative event solutions for our clients. Put simply, we can create any event for any client. Above all, our mission is to wow our clients at every stage of the event process. We are professional, approachable and honest. We partnered with North Star Science School as the production team to deliver this exceptional event.

Well North Enterprises is a social business, whose goal is to unlock potential in people and place. Entrepreneurial by nature, we work alongside our clients to innovate, promote excellence and make a positive difference in the real world.

The Work-wise Foundation is an employer inspired and led charity for engineering, manufacturing and related sectors but now also working across multi-sectors, to support the development of young people so they have the knowledge, skills, aptitude and opportunities for employment within the Sheffield City Region. The work-wise foundation’s vision is to be recognised UK wide as an employer led model of excellence that helps stem the increase in youth unemployment: addressing skill shortages that are a barrier to economic growth.