EXPLORE YOUR UNIVERSE: THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE – hosted by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be a space based infrared observatory that will launch in 2018 as a joint collaboration between ESA, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The first half of the workshop will look at the science and technology behind MIRI, the STFC funded the Mid Infra-red instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope; using an infra-red camera our presenter will firstly explain how JWST will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our presenter will then demonstrate how JWST will peer through dusty clouds to see stars forming planetary systems, connecting the Milky Way to our own Solar System. The second half of the workshop will see pupils building their own plasticine planetary system models using real Exo-planet data, before using these models to determine whether the planets that we have discovered have the most basic requirements for supporting life.

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We enable the UK’s natural sciences, computing, and engineering communities to continue their world-leading research by working with universities, national laboratories, scientific facilities, and regional campuses, in the UK and abroad. Public engagement with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has always been important to us. We love to talk about our work with the public – sharing the curiosity, excitement, and ambition that drives us to discover and understand new things, and develop technologies that improve our lives. We are funded by the UK public: listening, understanding and discussing their views of the impact of science and technology on our society is both our responsibility and our privilege.

Our science is incredible. From the infinitesimally small world of sub-atomic structure to the inconceivably vast scale of cosmological phenomena, STFC’s scientists and engineers are tackling big questions that we know attract people to science as children, and keep them asking questions throughout their lives. What’s in outer space? How did the universe begin? What are we all made of? How does the world around us work?”

ENGINEERING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE – hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers

Civil engineering is all about helping people and shaping the world.  It’s the work that civil engineers do to make our lives much easier: they keep us switched on and powered up by supplying electricity and gas to our homes; they give us clean water and purify it so we can use it again; they build infrastructure so we can get around, from roads and bridges to railways and airports.  Civil engineers also find clever ways of recycling our waste, and finding solutions to problems like pollution.

Ambassadors from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will be explaining the importance of designing, developing and managing our key infrastructure corridors. The Bailey Bridge activity will provide a hands on demonstration of how key structures work and their importance in connecting infrastructure over, under and across our landscape.

THE NEXT BIG THING – hosted by University of Teesside

Working in groups you must try to predict the next generation of technology by exploring equipment such as Occulus Rift, Google Glass, Leap motion controllers and Mindflex. What will we be using in 5 or 10 years? How will the technology you’ve experimented with in this session evolve and help us in the future? Perhaps you’ll come up with the Next Big Thing!

COMPUTER GAMES DESIGN –  hosted by University of Teesside

Conceptualisation and creativity are two key aspects of design and both are essential for video game development. In this session we will cover the basics of game design and simple methods to help improve your abilities as both a designer and a creative problem solver.

Teesside University School of Computing is a centre of excellence in the creative and technical aspects of computing, games and animation, web and multimedia. It is one of the best equipped computing schools in the country, with cutting edge hardware and software, providing a world-class learning environment.

Teaching programmes range from higher national diplomas and foundation degrees to undergraduate, master’s and research degrees. We have an excellent reputation for innovation and our teaching staff combines academic excellence, world class research and industrial experience.

Teesside University School of Computing is at the forefront of current digital technology. Trying to predict future advances is both exciting and challenging. There has never been a more exciting time to study with us.

CRIME SCENE SCIENCE: WHO DID IT?- hosted by University of Teesside

A crime has taken place over night place at RAF Leeming! We need your help to examine a crime scene and examine fingerprint evidence taken from the scene. From there we hope you will work out who did it before the time runs out. Good luck investigators.


The Communications Infrastructure Technicians from 90 Signals Unit will be running a workshop showcasing the practical skills needed to install communications networks. The workshop will have three practical exercises, as well as a rescue climb demonstration. The practical exercises will include: the building of a Radome, how to make a network cable and rope tying.


In this workshop you will design your fantasy school, let your imagination run riot, but remember, you will need to consider how you will bring your project to life!

Firstly, you will look at a school built on the other side of the world, just to give you some ideas of what to think about, then it’s over to you, working in teams to design something you’d like to see built here in Yorkshire.  Whose design will be the favourite?

You will think about turning your dreams into reality. Where would be a good place to build, what might the school users need, how will you involve the community and which sustainability features might you incorporate?

Finally you’ll learn about the different job roles there are on a construction team and which one you might enjoy most!

ROBOTICS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE – hosted by The Department of Physics, University of York

During this workshop you will be exploring the current state and future of robotics. Using an iPad, you will control your very own robot, programming it to complete specific tasks and challenges set throughout the workshop. As the challenges get harder and harder, you may also want to begin to think about some of the maths and physics involved in controlling the robot, giving you a stronger chance at successfully completing each challenge.


Many of the instruments used during surgery can look strangely familiar forceps that resemble scissors, bone screws and hammers that seem to have come straight from your average DIY toolkit and even bone cement used to secure joint replacements! But, all this equipment has to be specially designed for some of the most challenging environments: the surgical theatre and the human body. Try your hand at completing seemingly easy tasks in our surgery simulator and see first-hand the challenges engineering designers have to overcome to make surgery happen. Then get the chance to redesign equipment to make it suitable for these difficult environments and test out your ideas to see if they can withstand the fast pace of surgery!