Work-Wise Seeks Local Business Support for South Yorkshire Schools' Science Event with Professor Brian Cox

26 JUNE 2022

North Star Science School, the major Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) event for young people pioneered by Professor Brian Cox, is set to return to South Yorkshire in November, and organisers The Work-wise Foundation are looking for local business sponsors.

Taking place at Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park Resort, North Star Science School, now in its third year, aims to inspire pupils across the region to take an interest in and consider a career in STEAM. There is also an opportunity for parents of the participating students to meet many of the daytime speakers, workshop providers and business people at a special evening event held afterwards.

Professor Brian Cox, Britain’s leading physicist and science communicator will be in virtual attendance, opening the event and talking about the wonders of the universe.

John Barber, CEO of The Work-wise Foundation explains: “We had a fantastic level of support from businesses that helped to make the North Star Science School 2021 event in South Yorkshire such a great success. We are now looking for businesses to sponsor this year’s event, which is a great opportunity for South Yorkshire companies to engage with young people and help influence their career choices for the future.”

North Star is led and organised by The Work-Wise Foundation, a non-profit, employer-led charity which develops awareness of STEAM subjects and employment opportunities for young people within South Yorkshire.  The event in November is free to attend and open to Year 8 and 9 pupils from schools across South Yorkshire.

The North Star student experience includes ‘hands-on’ interactive workshops which explore the different STEAM sectors in detail and meeting local and national business people and some of the UK’s top scientists, engineers and artists in person.

John Barber adds: “We are thrilled to be bringing North Star Science School back to South Yorkshire, which is quickly becoming a highly anticipated event for young people in our region. We received some wonderful feedback from the schools that attended last year, with many pupils noting how they really enjoyed learning about STEAM in such a fun and engaging way. We have some very exciting plans in place for this year’s event which will make it the biggest and most interactive yet and look forward to revealing all when the school registrations open in September.”

North Star 2022 is made possible through support and funding provided by local businesses and authorities.  This year’s generous sponsors include the Harworth Group, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Ibstock Plc, Barratt Developments, Forged Solutions Group and CBE+.

Lord Mawson, Co-Founder of Science Summer School says: “These are exciting times for South Yorkshire.   Now in its third year, the North Star Science School is becoming part of the landscape acting as a catalyst to draw together education, health and business partners in an Innovation Platform which is a unique reflection of the region and its people.  I thank everyone involved and look forward to another extraordinary event in November and its associated activities during the year”.

The event is part of the Science Summer School national initiative co-founded in 2012 by Professor Brian Cox CBE and Lord Andrew Mawson OBE, with the aim of making Britain the best place in the world to do science and engineering. It is presented in partnership with Well North Enterprises, a social enterprise business led by Lord Mawson.

Businesses interested in becoming sponsors for the North Star Science School event should contact Emily Woods at / 07847433088 or John Barber at / 07500 331400.