STEMFest in Space

23 October 2020

Students from two Ogden partnerships in the North East took part in a star-filled voyage with the online STEMFest in space event earlier this month.

Part of the celebrations for National Space Week, the event was hosted by TV presenter and author Dallas Campbell. Year 3 from Victoria Lane Academy, Coundon, together with Year 6 pupils from St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, Prudhoe made films to demonstrate some of the Ogden Phizzi resources and Space Camp activities. Pupils from other partnership schools were also able to join in from the comfort of their own classroom and interact with celebrities, astronauts, astronomers and STEM Ambassadors.

Pupils from St Matthew's School photographed with their space Elmer which featured in their STEMFest presentation video
Pupils from St Matthew's with the space Elmer!

The STEMFest in Space virtual event combined classroom and hands-on learning in an exciting, fun-packed day, showcasing the many wonders of space. It was a perfect opportunity for learning about careers within the space sector and a chance to meet real astronauts and inspirational speakers.

Ogden NE Regional Representative, Lorraine Coghill said: “Especially at the moment, it was wonderful to see the schools pull together such lovely films to inspire others with what they have learned. Seeing our schools up there with such big names in the space sector makes me so proud, and delighted at their enthusiasm for sharing their learning and experiences with others. What a wonderful achievement!”

“I really enjoyed the day and learned lots of really cool space facts. It felt really special being asked to present our activity. It was great fun to do."
Phoebe, St Matthew’s

Prudhoe’s partnership co-ordinator Michelle Saunders said, “My Year 6 pupils absolutely loved the day. It opened their eyes to a whole range of careers that they had never thought about before - they realised that space science is more than being an astronaut! As an Ogden school, it was great for our pupils to have the opportunity to demonstrate one of the fantastic Ogden practicals to the delegates at the conference.”

“We felt so privileged to be asked to be a part of such an amazing event. Our children were so excited and thoroughly enjoyed watching themselves online, and their families are so proud of their achievement.”
Lucy Flanagan, Victoria Lane Academy
Pupils from Victoria Lane Academy photographed for STEMFest
Pupils from Victoria Lane Academy with their celestial bodies

This free event was organised by the STEM Ambassador Hub North East and run by RTC North, to encourage and engage as many young people as possible in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to help them consider a career in this field when they are older.

All the films from the day are available to watch at STEMFest.org.uk

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