NORTH STAR SCIENCE SCHOOL, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Wednesday 23 November 2022
Over 600 South Yorkshire pupils attended the North Star Science School held at Gulliver’s Valley in Rotherham on 23 November 2022.
Presented by Work-wise, this is the third time this event has taken place in South Yorkshire including a virtual event in 2020.
This year the event saw 12 businesses delivering workshops and inspiring presentations by apprentices, graduates and company directors giving students an insight into the world of working in local STEAM industries, including as well as some of the unorthodox career paths taken followed by some of the speakers. They included Professor Brian Cox CBE; Robyn Elliott, Development Engineer at the AMRC Composite Centre; Peter Droegmoeller, Director of Innovation at Ametek Land; Dr Simon Goodwill, Head of Sports Engineering at Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre; and Daisy Mulingani, Assistant Geologist at Ibstock PLC.
Some businesses also worked in partnership with local schools to co-create and deliver workshops attended by students on the day including: AESSEAL with Wickersley School & Sports College; Barratt Developments PLC with Brinsworth Academy; CBE+ with Newfield Secondary School; Forged Solutions Group with Don Valley Oasis Academy; Ibstock Plc with Wales High School; and UK Atomic Energy Authority with Sheffield Park Academy.
An evening event brought businesses, educators, parents and some of the students together to celebrate the achievements of the North Star programme and share thoughts on how to encourage more young people to take up STEAM careers. Hannah Tew, Director of Air Mobility at Connected Places Catapult gave an inspiring keynote presentation sharing her own story with a ‘heads up’ on some future directions of travel for the aviation industry.
North Star 2022 was made possible through support and funding provided by local businesses and authorities. This year’s sponsors include: AESSEAL, Ametek Land, AMRC, Barratt Developments PLC, CBE+, Forged Solutions Group, Gulliver’s Valley, Harworth Group, Ibstock Plc, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council, UK Atomic Energy Authority, United Cast Bar (in collaboration with Cast Metals Federation).