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Bright Sparks STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Club

Bright Sparks STEAM Club In-School Sessions

What’s on the Menu?

Who: Year 7-11
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In-person session, live online, or self-delivery by teacher
Activity Resources: Presentation, lesson plan, worksheet

Do you really know what it means to be healthy? This session focuses on the science aspect of STEAM and introduces pupils to the career of a nutritionist. Pupils will learn about nutrition and exercise, and how they contribute to a healthy body. Through exploring how to become a nutritionist, pupils will learn about university and the relating degree courses and careers.

Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 4, 7
NERUPI Framework: Know, Choose, Understand


Game Developer

Who: Year 7-11
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In-person session, live online, or self-delivery by teacher
Activity Resources: Presentation, lesson plan, worksheet

This session is centred around the technology aspect of STEAM and introduces pupils to the career of a game developer. Pupils will explore the history of their favourite consoles and games and delve deeper into the topic of game design. Through this interactive session, pupils will have the chance to design their very own game. Through exploring how to become a game developer, pupils will learn about higher education and the relating degree courses and careers.

Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 4, 7
NERUPI Framework: Know, Choose, Understand


Fold for Take-off!

Who: Year 7-11
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In-person session, live online, pre-recorded video, or self-delivery by teacher
Activity Resources: Presentation, lesson plan, worksheet

Can you imagine living in a world without trains, planes or cars? This session explores how engineers have solved the problems of humankind through their inventions. The session focuses on the engineering aspect of STEAM and introduces pupils to the career of an engineer. Pupils will explore the history of aviation and put their knowledge to the test to try and solve some of the problems the aviation industry is going to face in the future. Pupils will also have the chance to design, create and test a paper aeroplane.

Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 4, 7
NERUPI Framework: Know, Choose, Understand


Become a Journalist

Who: Year 7-11
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In-person session, live online, pre-recorded video, or self-delivery by teacher
Activity Resources: Presentation, lesson plan, worksheet

In this session, students will focus on the arts aspect of STEAM by exploring what journalism is and why it is important. Pupils will explore the history of journalism and how journalists have the power to influence the way society thinks, feels, and views certain situations. Pupils will then step into the shoes of a journalist and create their very own article on a topic of their choice.

Gatsby Benchmark: 2, 4, 7
NERUPI Framework: Know, Choose, Understand

Bright Sparks STEAM Club is the University of Sunderland's award-winning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics club offering activities for pupils aged 11-16.

Pupils have the opportunity to engage with a variety of fun and engaging hands-on activities and workshops. Each session is closely linked with the national curriculum, covering subjects such as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The activities generally take place on a Wednesday evening and on a Saturday daytime and are completely free of charge.

Information for schools

The Bright Sparks Science Club is for any secondary school pupil aged 11–16, who has an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

  • Our Bright Sparks members usually meet on a Saturday daytime or Wednesday evening once a month
  • Club members have the opportunity to visit museums, take field trips and participate in interactive, hands-on workshops at the University
  • All events are free of charge for club members
  • Members are expected to dress appropriately (warm clothing, comfortable footwear etc) and bring a packed lunch when requested
  • All parental consent forms are distributed and collated by the University
  • All club members are supervised by University of Sunderland staff and supported by Student Ambassadors

If you feel any of your pupils would benefit from being part of our Bright Sparks STEAM Club, please ask their parent or carer to complete the consent form below.

Information for pupils

Are you interested in science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics? Would you like to meet other people who have an interest in these subjects? Do you like visiting exciting places?

If you have answered "yes" to the questions above, why not join our Bright Sparks STEAM Club and take part in our free science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics workshops at the University? 

Club members meet approximately once a month, either on Saturday daytime or Wednesday evening during term time. Information about our forthcoming events can be found below.

As a Bright Sparks member, you will get the chance to take part in hands-on workshops delivered by our lecturers in our excellent facilities here at the University or attend local museums and other engaging activities in the region.

If you’d like to become a Bright Sparks Club member then please complete the consent form below, remembering to get your parent or carer to complete their relevant sections also.

Information for parents and supporters

The club is for any Tyne and Wear and County Durham secondary school pupil aged 11–16, who has an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

  • All staffing, material and associated activity fees are covered by the Club
  • All Club members are supervised around museums, attractions and during the workshops by University staff and Student Ambassador
  • All prospective members need to complete the consent form and the form must be signed by a parent or carer
  • The form acts as parental consent for each activity, and once a young person has been added to the database they will be sent a newsletter with information of upcoming events
  • Parents/supporters are responsible for transporting their son/daughter/young person to and from the event
  • Members may be required to bring a packed lunch for longer trips.

What do our members say?

 “I love that it gives the children a chance to explore different subjects. Making new friends is also a very positive aspect of the scheme.

The best part is it enables my child to see what university life is like and to make an informed choice of which area he would like to study.


What do our member’s parents and supporters think about Bright Sparks STEAM Club?

Bright Sparks is great fun. I love attending the sessions. My favourite so far was going to the University of Sunderland’s photography centre and seeing how everything works in there.

The range of subjects and activities have been great fun. The events have also enabled me to get out and meet new people.

More information

Please contact us for further details:

Email: brightsparks@sunderland.ac.uk
Tel: 0191 515 3000