Activities for Secondary School Students

Exploring STEM for Girls

The Exploring STEM for Girls event is an annual event aimed at local Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students in a bid to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through a variety of interactive experiments, demonstrations and workshops.

The event is a chance for young women to have an immersive experience with STEM subjects and realise that these subjects are exciting, accessible and achievable.

In collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, the event will also give you the opportunity to speak to current university students and staff about their studies, careers and the real life applications of STEM subjects which have helped to make a difference.

Unfortunately our event for 2021 has been postponed.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships

An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most esteemed scholarship of its type in the UK, designed to inspire students to pursue their dreams and change the world as a future leader in engineering.

The Scholarships are awarded to hard-working 16 year old students through a rigorous selection process, supporting them through their A levels, Scottish Highers or equivalent qualifications.

Learn more about Arkwright.

Discover US

Discover US is an aspiration-raising programme for pupils in Year 9 to Year 11 who have the potential to access higher education but do not have a family tradition of going to university.

Engineering supports this scheme by running several engineering sessions for eligible students throughout the year.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be on track to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 9-6, plus English at 4, if not already included
  • Attend a State School
  • Be the first generation of their family to enter Higher Education(HE) (other than siblings, or parents who attended HE as a mature student)
  • Be either:
    • from an area of low progression to HE Live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to Higher Education or an area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation. This is defined by home postcode
    • a Looked After Child, Young Carer or estranged from their family
    • a student with a declared disability
  • Priority is given to students who:
    • are from a certain gender, ethnic or socio-economic group which is currently under-represented in HE
    • have individual circumstances meaning they will need to overcome other barriers to learning/progression

How to apply: Discover US.

Inspire Summer School

Run in conjunction with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) the Summer School is a three day residential where female Year 11 students who intend to study A Level maths and science, will have the opportunity to come to Sheffield and experience what it would be like to be an engineering student.

Students will attend mini-lectures, get hands-on in labs and stay in halls of residence.

Learn more about Inspire.

Watch our video from 2018.

Flashy Science

Flashy Science is a fantastic virtual laboratory that allows school and university students to ‘learn-by-doing’ and improve their understanding of science and engineering.

The virtual experiments are linked to common curricula, e.g. GCSE, A-level, university courses, and allow students to grow in confidence in performing experiments, recording and analysing data, and to think about an experiment’s relevance.

Flashy Science is now FREE to schools until August 2021.

Find out more here.

Tomorrows Engineers

This is a great website where you can access resources on career choices and stories that showcase modern engineering. It also offers some fantastic online courses for all ages.

Learn more here.