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WELCOME to

EXPLORE

Staffordshire University in association with Big Bang

Enjoy an exploration of all things science, technology, engineering and maths!

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KS2

STEM Challenges

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The Challenges videos available here

Part 1

Garden Volcano

Be ready for exploding fun with this quick chemistry challenge. Have your materials ready and be prepared to make a bit of mess! Will you be able to work out what's happening?

What you need:

Washing up liquid - Cold water - White vinegar - Bicarbonate of Soda - Empty 2 litre bottle

Measuring jug - Food colouring

Lego Furniture Factory

Are you up for a challenge? You are in charge of your own furniture factory: you can make small tables and chairs out of Lego. Work out the maximum pieces of furniture you can make for the minimum amount of money, and learn how to optimise the process using maths, science and operational research (OR). Will you be able to make the best use of your materials to maximise your profit?

What you need:

6 rectangular Lego bricks (we use ones with 2x4 dots on)
8 square Lego bricks (we'll be using ones with 2x2 dots)
A pen or pencil - Paper and Handout

Chromatography butterflies and bow ties

See the colours of your pens transformed into butterflies or bow ties that you can use to decorate your home.

What you need:

Pipe cleaner - Coffee filter paper

Non-permanent felt tip pens - Water - Small pot

Shadow Theatre

Use materials from around the hope to engineer your very own shadow puppet theatre.

What you need:

Cardboard - Tissue Paper - Lollipop sticks or straws Masking tape - Lamp or torch

Home for Monty

Monty has lost his home! Put your creativity to the test by making him a new home from recycled materials. Watch the video to hear what Monty needs to survive.

What you need:

Recycled plastic and cardboard from around the house

STEM Challenge Explanation Videos 

- Click here to watch

Discover why things reacted the way they did in your

STEM Challenges.

Answer sheet for Lego Furniture

The Challenges videos available here

Part 2

Make your own playdough
Ever wondered how to make the wonderful stuff that is playdough. Watch for step by step instruction then share a picture of your creations.

What you need:

Water - Flour - Cream of tartar - Salt
Vegetable or sunflower oil - Food colouring

Lava Lamps
The colourful chemistry experiment is a great way to discover more about density and chemical reactions.

What you need:

Cup or bottle - Vegetable oil and Water
Food colouring of any colour
Fizzy tablets (such as heartburn tablets) but
parental supervision is required

Could you bandage an injured animal?
Not only is this a fun activity, but it can actually help in an emergency! Our pets can get cut easily - especially on their paws - and it's surprising how much they bleed. Bandaging the wound correctly will make it easier for you and their pet get to the vets quickly and safely.

What you need:

Guidance sheet - Toy animal
Bandages or toilet paper

Pollutants: can you work out the biggest?
Air pollution is all around us, but do you know what's causing it? Try out this speedy challenge to test your knowledge.

What you need:

Paper - Pen

Pollution Catcher! Conduct your own experiment.
Ever wondered how clean the air you are breathing in is?
This challenge will task you to set up your own experiment
measuring air quality on your street.

What you need:

Paper - Pen

Glitter germs
How much do you know about germs? The good and the bad? Have a go at this quick challenge to see how easy it is to pass on nasty germs and the importance of washing our hands.

What you need:

Glitter - Water

STEM Challenge Explanation Videos 

- Click here to watch

Discover why things reacted the way they did in your

STEM Challenges.

KS3

STEM Challenges

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The Challenges videos available here

Part 1

Lego Furniture Factory
Are you up for a challenge? You are in charge of your own furniture factory: you can make small tables and chairs out of Lego. Work out the maximum pieces of furniture you can make for the minimum amount of money, and learn how to optimise the process using maths, science and operational research (OR). Will you be able to make the best use of your materials to maximise your profit?

What you need:

6 rectangular Lego bricks (we use ones with 2x4 dots on)
8 square Lego bricks (we'll be using ones with 2x2 dots)
A pen or pencil
Paper and Handout

Bridge Builder
Put your creativity and engineering skills to the test with this building challenge.

What you need:

10 Sheets of paper - 2 chairs - Rice

Sandwich bags - Sticky tape

Tower of Hanoi
Take on the mathematical game of the Tower of Hanoi!

What you need:

Polystyrene or cardboard - Pencils - Blue Tack - Compass

Can we build an airplane out of seaweed?

Put your engineering brains to the test as you think about the best materials to use when building a plane and is it possible to build a plane from seaweed?

What you need:

Worksheet

Bicycle Materials challenge

Find out more about bikes and the materials they are made from.

What you need:

A Bicycle (optional)

STEM Challenge Explanation Videos 

- Click here to watch

Discover why things reacted the way they did in your STEM Challenges.

Answer sheet for Lego Furniture

Answer sheet for Tower of Hanoi

The Challenges videos available here

Part 2

Garden Volcano
Be ready for exploding fun with this quick
chemistry challenge. Have your materials ready
and be prepared to make a bit of mess! Will you
be able to work out what's happening?

What you need:

Washing up liquid - Cold water - White vinegar
Bicarbonate of Soda - Empty 2 litre bottle
Measuring jug - Food colouring

Design a Pet First Aid Kit
Can you design a portable First Aid Kit that can be taken with you when you are walking your dog? We will introduce you to all the essential tools a pet First Aid Kit should have. Your challenge is to
create an inventive design that is easy to carry: one that could be made into a real product!

What you need:

Paper - Pencil

Paper City
Can you build a 3D mini version of your home?
Learn how to design and make a net of your home.

What you need:

Paper - Pencil - Ruler

Transfusion!!
An interactive blood transfusion simulation to explore how biomedical scientists use their knowledge of antibodies to save lives.

What you need:

Milk - Vinegar - Red food dye (gel type if possible)
5 small liquid containers (for example glasses or small plastic drinks bottles) - Dropper (or teaspoon or a straw with your finger over one end)
Stirrer (ie cocktail stick) - A waterproof pen or crayon
A waterproof test plate (a white plate or a piece of flat plastic)

The Science of Personality
This activity will introduce you to the science of personality, exploring how and why psychologists measure it. You'll be challenged to take and review a personality test to find out how you score as well as complete a task exploring how personality is linked with social media.

Take the personality test here

Identify the Organism
Test out your skills of identification with this organism quiz.

What you need:

Paper - Pen

STEM Challenge Explanation Videos 

- Click here to watch

Discover why things reacted the way they did in your

STEM Challenges.

 

16 JUNE

KS2 MORNING SESSION

Discover Sessions

Forensics Live - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Can you use Forensic Science to Solve a Crime? In this activity you will be guided through a crime, you will need to collect and analyse evidence to try and solve this case.

Guess Who: Health science - Watch here

Are you ready to use your investigative skills? Can you guess the careers of our STEM superstars from a few clues? Tune in at 10.30 to have a go, and then join the Discover Who session live to find our their career identities.

What you need:

Worksheet

Discover Who: Health Science - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Tune in to find out the answers to Guess Who challenge.
Join Sarah Cosgriff as she reveals the STEM superstars' job titles and answers any burning questions you might have. Will you get them all right?

Curiosity Live - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Had a go at a STEM challenge? This is your chance to ask
your burning questions to the brilliant Jon Chase as he
shows off his favourite pictures from today's challenges
along side his favourite science raps!

16 JUNE

KS3 AFTERNOON SESSION

Discover Sessions

Explore the technology of Esports events
The small interactive workshops with explore the tech behind Esports events.

This was a live session but is no longer available

Guess Who: Technical Science - Watch here

Are you ready to use your investigative skills? Can you guess the careers of our STEM superstars from a few clues? Tune in at 1.30 to have a go, and then join the Discover Who session live to find our their career identities.

What you need:

Worksheet

Meet a Boat Captain fighting plastic pollution in the worlds oceans - Watch here

Do you love the Ocean? Have you ever dreamed of being an Explorer? Are you interested in a career linked to the Environment? Join Rachael Miler, Captain of the American Promise, the world's most environmentally friendly research vessel, which was also used for a record solo circumnavigation of the planet, taking the Professor Claire Gwinnett about their research into plastic pollution in the Ocean.

Discover Who: Technical Science - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Tune in to find out the answers to Guess Who challenge. Join Sarah Cosgriff as she reveals the STEM superstars' job titles and answers any burning questions you might have. Will you get them all right?

Forensics Live - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Can you use Forensic Science to Solve a Crime? In this activity you will be guided through a crime, you will need to collect and analyse evidence to try and solve this case.

Curiosity Live - LIVE session - click here to join

Had a go at a STEM challenge? This is your chance to ask your burning questions to the brilliant Jon Chase as he shows off his favourite pictures from today's challenges along side his favourite science raps!

 

17 JUNE

KS2 MORNING SESSION

Discover Sessions

Guess Who: Engineering, Design and Technology - Watch here

Are you ready to use your investigative skills? Can you guess the careers of our STEM superstars from a few clues? Tune in at 10.30 to have a go, and then join the Discover Who session live to find our their career identities.

What you need:

Worksheet

Amphibians and Reptiles of the Midlands: Survey, identify, protect! - Watch here

Join Phil to discover more about amphibians and retiles near you whilst he shows you how they undertake local surveys and protect the wildlife.

Discover Who: Engineering, Design and Technology - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Tune in to find out the answers to Guess Who challenge.
Join Sarah Cosgriff as she reveals the STEM superstars' job titles and answers any burning questions you might have. Will you get them all right?

Curiosity Live - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Had a go at a STEM challenge? This is your chance to ask your burning questions to the brilliant Jon Chase as he shows off his favourite pictures from today's challenges along side his favourite science raps!

17 JUNE

KS3 AFTERNOON SESSION

Discover Sessions

Explore the technology of Esports events - LIVE session
The small interactive workshops with explore the tech behind Esports events.

This was a live session but is no longer available

Guess Who: Research Science - Watch here

Are you ready to use your investigative skills? Can you guess the careers of our STEM superstars from a few clues? Tune in at 1.30 to have a go, and then join the Discover Who session live to find our their career identities.

What you need:

Worksheet

Discover Who: Research Science - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Tune in to find out the answers to Guess Who challenge. Join Sarah Cosgriff as she reveals the STEM superstars' job titles and answers any burning questions you might have. Will you get them all right?

Are you ready to be a Cyber Defender - This was a live session but is no longer available

Join this live session to discover more about cyber security and watch a live cyber attack demo. Leave ready to secure your accounts against hacks!

Curiosity Live - this was a LIVE session - click here to watch

Had a go at a STEM challenge? This is your chance to ask
your burning questions to the brilliant Jon Chase as he
shows off his favourite pictures from today's challenges
along side his favourite science raps!

EXPLORE AT HOME COMPETITION

Competition Winners Revealed

Entered the 'Explore at Home' competition, or voted on your favourite?

We reveal the winner, runner up and people's vote.

 

MEET THE FUTURE YOU CHALLENGE

In this activity you can explore your future career. Watch the guide below to explain the challenge...

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Looking for something else to do? Look no further we have some extra bits you can get stuck into below.

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Home for Monty
Summer from Stoke Minster Primary Academy created a Home for Monty.
Home for Monty
Lilly and Zachary from Stoke Minster Primary Academy created their Home for Monty.
Home for Monty
Another Home for Monty by Summer from Stoke Minster Primary Academy.
Pet Bandages
Madeleine and Joseph demonstrating some superb pet bandaging in Trentham
Lava Bottle
Madeleine and Joseph show us their Lava bottle Challenge result in Trentham
Chromatography Butterflies
Butterflies by Isobel D from St Dominics Grammar School
Home for Monty
montys camo recycle home crops from Archie in Staffordshire
Garden Volcano 2
The Garden Volcano in action by Isobel D from St Dominics Grammar
Garden Volcano
The Garden Volcano in action by Isobel D from St Dominics Grammar
Chromatography Butterflies
From Alice in Stoke
Garden Volcano from Maple Hayes Hall
Garden Volcano from Maple Hayes Hall
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