The Furness
STEM SHOW

The Furness STEM Show took place on the 14th and 15th of March 2023 at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness. It was attended by over 950 students from 23 different schools. 

Sponsored by BAE Systems, Local Rotary Clubs,  Furness College, and The Royal Academy of Engineering, the event delivered a host of activities for primary and secondary age children to discover and be inspired by STEM subjects and activities.

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the event

Visitors were really impressed with variety of age-appropriate activities for the children to engage with

Furness STEM Show 2023

FESP previously partnered with C-STEM to deliver the Furness Big Bang Fair. A two-day spectacular, which welcomed primary, secondary and college students.  In 2017 the event widened its reach to include primary schools from the outside the Barrow area, to promote STEM careers and learning to even more youngsters. The BEP (Barrow Engineering Project) schools and Secondary schools also attended.

This year’s event, the ‘Furness STEM show’ was bigger and better than ever before.

Pupils learned how to make lava lamps, extracted DNA from a strawberry, generated clean energy and mastered coding to unlock a box of chocolates as part of the annual Furness STEM Show this week.

Around 26 organisations ranging from global companies to engineering associations supported the event at Furness College’s Channelside campus.  They included Oxley, Bender, GSK, Siemens Energy, Vattenfall, Orsted, BAE Systems and Furness College alongside Barrow and District Association of Engineers and a host of other businesses.

The visitors tried their hand at activities on each of the stands as well as being entertained by Professor Pumpernickel in an action-packed show to introduce children to the world of chemistry.

They enjoyed a simple chemistry challenge to make sherbert from the Royal Society of Chemistry, a battling bugs game about the immune system by Lancaster University, robot arm automation and clean energy from Siemens and a game to show how to generate power through momentum by Furness College’s technical engineering department.

The Furness STEM Show was sponsored by BAE Systems; Local Rotary Clubs (Barrow Rotary, Furness Rotary, Furness Peninsula Rotary and Ulverston Rotary); Furness College and the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Furness STEM Show - 2023 Prof Pumpernickel

It is fantastic to see these young people so enthralled in the experiments and activities and we hope they discover that science can fun and lead to a rewarding career.

Neil Tippins, Project Co-ordinator at FESP

An excellent event

100% of attendees who completed our survey said they (and their children) felt more informed about the huge number of local companies and organisations that specialise in engineering, providing many opportunities for excellent careers in the area. They were surprised to learn the range of local businesses that use STEM in their day-to-day work and the number of jobs that are based around or include elements of STEM.

Feedback we received from schools included; “An excellent event”; “The event was very well run and there was an extensive range of activities that the children could explore and learn from; “The event was fantastic and the children thoroughly enjoyed it”.

Visitors were really impressed with variety of age-appropriate activities for the children to engage with. One school said, “As a class, we learned that it takes over 10 years to build a submarine; how to make sherbet; how many bones you have in the body and how they join together to make a skeleton”.

We are pleased to have seen the Furness STEM Fair welcome so many schools over the two day event. As a key sponsor it was pleasing to see new exhibitors joining the event to increase interest in STEM. Our employees enjoyed talking to local pupils about STEM and careers opportunities in BAE Systems and we hope the event inspired them to take an interest in STEM subjects at school

Janet Garner, Principal of BAE Systems' Submarines Academy for Skills and Knowledge

What was the best bit of the day for you?

Attendees 'best bits':

Attendees were surprised to learn the range of local businesses that use STEM in their day-to-day work and the number of jobs that are based around or include elements of STEM

What did you (or your child) learn about STEM today that you did not know before?

Furness STEM Show 2023 Highlights

The event was very well run and there was an extensive range of activities that the children could explore and learn from.

Furness STEM Show Attendee

New for 2022

For one year only we incorporated UlverSTEM, Ulverston’s first STEM educational event for families with children 6-16 years of age. 

The Furness STEM Show was sponsored by BAE Systems; the Royal Academy of Engineering and Furness College.  It was supported by a wide range of local STEM businesses; colleges and universities including BAE, Siemens, Oxley, GSK, Furness College, Kendal College, The University of Cumbria, and also Lancaster University who brought along their amazing portable inflatable planetarium. Each organisation hosted an interactive stand with activities that pupils could engage with.

More than 35 different organisations were represented at the event. Following the presentations, a series of discussions were held, each to explore ideas that will inform a wider plan linked to the Furness Community Skills Strategy.

Jayne Moorby, the chair of the Furness Education and Skills Partnership (FESP), said: “At a time when we all seem to be busier than ever, more than 60 people, many in senior positions, took time out of their day to hold proactive conversations about how we can tackle this issue. This is a complex issue and not one that we will solve overnight. But today’s summit was a fantastic starting point and through quality conversation and debate, we have a roadmap to the next stage“.

Really enjoyed the event, felt very welcome and lovely to see so many employers and students. Thank you!

Furness STEM Show Exhibitor

It was a super event. Clearly a lot of effort organising coaches timetables and activities. (As a teacher this is greatly appreciated)

Furness STEM Show Attendee

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