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Bright Sparks STEAM Club

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.

The club runs monthly activities which vary from on-campus activities to field trips.

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 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 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 carers

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/carers 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.

Current activities and events

Due to Government guidelines, the University of Sunderland has made the decision to cancel all on-campus events and activities until further notice, and we are therefore unable to run any in-person sessions for the remainder of the academic year.

In the meantime, we are continuing to engage with our members regularly with Bright Sparks STEAM themed resources and activities. We have focused on each area of STEAM, and are offering prizes for the completion of projects. Here, you can find our STEAM Bingo Worksheet.

If you would like to receive our Bright Sparks resources and activities please complete the information and parental consent form at the bottom of the page.

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 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.

Book / more information

Please contact us for further details:

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

Bright Sparks information and parental consent form

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