Monday 5 October, 5pm to 6pm

The surface of the Moon is very different from that of Earth. Its surface has highlands and lowlands, mountains and craters

In this hands on activity, Dr Mark Gallaway will support the children to take on the role of astronomers and use light sources to represent the Sun and plasticine to build mountains on a lunar surface. They learn that light from the Sun is blocked by mountains on the lunar surface producing shadows. They investigate how changing the angle of the light source and the size of the mountains affects the size of the shadows produced. They will learn that astronomers can use maths to determine the height of the mountains on the Moon if they know the length of their shadow and angle of the sunlight.

We will also take a look at the history of Lunar exploration and consider the possibilities for future missions.

Handouts and instructions will be sent out prior to the session to ensure that children can gather the experimental equipment.

Suitable for children aged 7 to 13


Tuesday 6 October, 5pm to 6pm

What are stars and how are they different?

Dr Mark Gallaway uses an online planetarium to explain the nature of stars, how they are born and die and how science has found this out.

Suitable for ages 14+

This year, our exciting celebration of STEM was held on Saturday 11 July ONLINE as our first STEMtastic LIVE! Marty Jopson delivered a Live session to start the day. The day included sessions for primary, secondary and teacher CPD. 

The virtual event involved interactive exhibits from local companies and industries, engaging workshops and high-impact shows, with a particular focus on highlighting the ‘hidden STEM’ in our everyday lives. 

Some of the sessions were live and interactive, while others were pre-recorded. 

All sessions that were live were recorded on the day and can be viewed below by clicking ‘Watch Videos’ below.

Secondary & Post 16

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to enjoy some exciting prizes.

Congratulations to our STEMM Challenge Competition winners!

The world is full of amazing molecules. Some that you taste and smell every day, others that make you better when you are feeling ill. From simple water molecules all around us to more complex structures like Aspirin, molecules are all around us. Which molecule do you find amazing? Is there a chemical that you think should have superhero status?


Primary: 1st: Erin Hobbs | 2nd: Freya Dale | 3rd: Isaac Sago, Brodie Nicholson, Miss Davy, Joe Lewis

KS3: 1st: Lily Saunders | 2nd: Lydia Roberts | 3rd: Tanmaya Ramachandran

KS4: Devante Chisyaha

“Invisible Words”

Marty Jopson

Take a journey from everyday life, down into the realm of microscopical wonders with Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident scientist. The adventure begins with things you can almost see but soon you will find yourself in a world totally invisible to the unaided eye. Marty will take you from the very beginnings of microscopy, through hugely magnified insects, bacteria and plants to the most up to date fluorescent techniques demonstrated live on the stage. A show not just full of stunning images, but interactive demonstrations and samples harvested from the audience. You have been warned! This show is supported by Zeiss, global leaders in the manufacture of microscopes.

Invisible Words

A show by Marty Jopson for adults, families, children (7+), school groups (KS2+)





Kids having fun watching an experiment at a science centre

Science Boxes

Engaging and educational Science Box projects that you can do at home or in school with your class. These practical hands-on activities used in Primary schools across the region are safely designed, specifically for the children to carry out themselves. Now modified for home-schooling, each contains simple guidance for parents and carers, so you don’t need to be a scientist to have fun and support your child with these. Check out the taster below and then sign up to receive the virtual Science Boxes.

Have fun and complete the experiments in our Science Boxes as part of the Junior Youth STEMM award programme.

Electrifying Flight
Rolls Royce

Things have been flying around for ages. That’s how we go on our holidays far away and even eat some fruits that come from the tropical Amazon Rainforest! But now our planet needs us to electrify our aeroplanes, so that they are less dirty and smelly for the environment. Join us to learn how things fly and how we can make your paper planes go further and faster by electrifying them. Let’s make planes cleaner and greener for the future of Earth.

Universilly Challenged with Berliner and Watt

Our anarcho-nerd interactive gameshow has moved online. We would have been having a ton of fun live, but something pandemicy got in the way. Well, you can’t cancel the internet. All you need to play along is a solid web connection. At home you can play as a team or as an individual- we have the technology. Most rounds are pun based. We are sorry about that.


Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter. He runs “Ready Steady Science”, a science communication company, the “Ugly Animal Preservation Society” and is the co-creator and host of the podcast, Level Up Human. He is author of The Ugly Animals: We Can’t All be Pandas. He is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.
Jonny Berliner is a dedicated science troubadour and pioneer of geek pop, Jonny Berliner has performed his evidence-based ditties far and wide, lighting up sciencey stages from Cyprus, to CERN, to the Science Museum. From atoms to animals and everything in between, Jonny can make the most obscure theories funny and understandable, with a catchy tune to boot!



Joel Western with Chemistry Chaos

Joel is the Head of Chemistry at County Upper School and Science Presenter. He will take you through the exciting world of Chemistry with some explosive demonstrations and colourful experiments. Watch as he explodes custard and murders innocent Jelly Babies before your very eyes.

STEMtastic is an education consultancy with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths founded by Kirsty Bertenshaw.

STEMtastic aims to initiate or develop a school’s STEM provision by integrating a well planned and resourced programme of inter and extra- curricular activities, training staff and demonstrating good practice. As each school’s requirements are different, STEMtastic offer a bespoke service to meet your needs.

Our schedule is now fully booked. Should you wish to support STEMtastic LIVE! in the future please click here to fill out the form below as we will be running further monthly sessions.

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