Chris Joly - STEMFest in Space

9:45 - 10:30

The search for life on Mars – Chris Joly

The search for life on Mars started with missions to establish whether conditions there are suitable for life today, or have existed in the past. That question has been answered (yes!) and now the search is on to find evidence of life itself using rovers and a small helicopter. Chris will talk about the search for life on Mars and the amazing Perseverance Rover Mission which got underway earlier this year.

Suitable for – Key Stage 3, 4, 5

Rocket - STEMFest in Space

10:30 – 11:15

Imagining Space Workshop

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to travel into space? In this creative and interactive session, we’ll explore our own imaginations to produce visual artworks and generate a poem live using your own inspirational words and ideas

Suitable for – Key stage 2, Family audience

Helen Mason and space artist, Helen Schell - STEMFest in Space

11:15 - 12:00

Rocking Robots & Rovers pop-up workshop 

Imagine you are an astronaut and could take your school to Mars! You will need to design your own robot or rover. What technology will you need and how will the Sun’s energy power your machine? Use pop-up techniques to create a rocking robot or rover out of card.

Equipment needed: Coloured card cut into circles in advance (20-25cm in diameter), A4 card (white & coloured), Glue sticks, sticky tape, scissors, rulers, circles to drawn round, Pencils, crayons, felt tips, any other interesting bits and pieces, particulary recycled materials, which can include Mars & Sun images.

Suitable for – Key stage 2, Family audience

Vicky Fawcett -STEMFest in Space

12:00 - 12:45

Vicky Fawcett – Monster Black holes and Quasars

Black holes are incredibly dense objects formed from the collapse of massive stars, where the gravity is so strong that not even light can escape. I will talk about how we find black holes, the first ever photo of a supermassive black hole and the most distant quasar ever discovered. This session will be followed by a LIVE Q&A.

Suitable for – Key stage 3, 4, 5 

Pete Edwards - Durham Uni

12:45 - 13:30

Dr Pete Edwards – Questions about Space

Ever wondered what’s outside the universe? How many stars are out there? What happens if you are swallowed by a black hole? Now’s your chance to ask Pete any questions you might have about space. The answers might surprise you!

Suitable for – All ages

Carlos Frenk - STEMFest in Space

13:30 - 14:15

Carlos Frenk – Dark Matters

Join Carlos as he introduces the concept of dark matter, discusses the role it plays in shaping our universe and speculates on the identity of this mysterious substance. This session will be followed by a LIVE Q&A.

Suitable for – Key stage 3, 4, 5 

Space careers session 2 - STEMFest in Space

14:15 - 14:45

Careers in Space

In this session Zaria Serfontein (UKSEDS), will explore with Diana Goody (Inmarsat), Sonali Mohapatra (Craft Prospect) and Hannah Dawe (UKSEDS) the wide range of career opportunities that are available across the UK space sector for young people from all backgrounds.

Suitable for – Key Stage 3, 4, 5

Dr Jenny Search - STEMFest in Space

14:45 - 15:30

Take away solar system 

Our amazing Science Ambassadors are young people who inspire their communities, families and friends. During this interactive session, you’ll have a go at one of the Ambassadors’ favourite space activities, creating your own take-away Solar System to explore with your friends and family too.

Equipment needed: Colouring pens/pencils (or stickers), Paper – ideally long strips of white/cream paper (like till rolls), you can cut big sheets of paper (e.g A3/A2) into 3cm strips.

Suitable for – 2, Family Audience

Tom Lyons and Rebeeca Crawford - ESERO - STEMFest in Space

15:30 - 16:00

ESERO Resources

Find out about the multiple competitions and challenges that you can get involved in through ESERO-UK and the European Space Agency, covering primary to post-16. This year we are launching four competitions, including a short version of Climate Detectives to link to COP26, in November.

Suitable for – Teacher CPD

Bryony Turford - STEMFest in Space

16:00 - 17:00

Bryony Turford – Using Space as a context

Space is the context through which so much of the primary science curriculum can be taught. This session will explore a range of topics taught in primary schools and the fabulous and free resources that are available and can be used to support you.

Suitable for – Teacher CPD

Look Up book STEMFest in Space

17:00 - 17:30

Look Up! Storytime and draw-along with Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adelo

Sit back and listen to the fantastic Nathan Bryon read the full story of ‘Look Up!’ and then it’s time to pick up your pens and follow a step by step drawing tutorial from illustrator Dapo Adelo.

Equipment Needed: Paper and Pens

Suitable for – Key Stage 1, 2 and Family Learning