NORTH STAR 2020

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious.”
Stephen Hawking
Theoretical Physicist

A week of inspiration and wonder to celebrate the best of Science, Technology, Engineering, arts and Maths (STEAM). Over 2,500 young people from across Rotherham, Sheffield and beyond came together to meet leaders from multiple fields of science to have their ambitions ignited.

We want to connect our young people to inspirational people and places which will spark their imaginations and help them see the great opportunities in STEAM in the UK.

Led by Professor Brian Cox, students from across Rotherham and Sheffield will experience a world class programme. Secondary schools can sign up to join our interactive live streamed events from their classrooms and enable students to connect to leading scientists, engineers and educators who are charting a course to a sustainable future. We hope that students will finish the week inspired for the future and confident in the opportunities for great careers stretching ahead of them.

The North Star programme promotes innovation and opportunity in the Sheffield City Region to inspire the next generation to consider careers in STEAM subjects. We back a vision for the UK to become the best place in world to practice Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, and believe that inspired communities can chart their own path to health, wealth and happiness.

"We hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and help them to realise their full potential."
Professor Brian Cox CBE
Physicist

Programme

Tuesday 1st December 2020

An Afternoon with Professor Brian Cox

Schools from across Rotherham, Sheffield and beyond attended a virtual event with Professor Brian Cox CBE. Professor Cox gave an inspirational talk on ‘Space, Time and Black Holes’ followed by a curated Q&A answers questions pre-submitted by students. This event was hosted in Rotherham, but we will also welcome partner schools from across the UK.

 

Wednesday 2 December and Thursday 3 December

North Star Event – Engineering a sustainable future

Each afternoon delivered an exciting and engaging programme of STEAM. Each day students experienced a bespoke blend of live and pre-recorded activity and had the chance to experience inspirational talks, engage in interactive sessions and be exposed to the people and businesses operating at the cutting edge of science.

Contributors

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Prof. Brian Cox

Brian Cox serves as professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester. He is best known to the public as the presenter of science programmes, especially the Wonders of… series and for popular science books, such as Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe. He has been the author or co-author of over 950 scientific publications.

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Dan Jarvis (Mayor of Sheffield City Region)

Dan joined us and talked to our young people about the growing opportunities in the Sheffield City Region and the ambition for us to build back better and develop a strong and sustainable green economy for a sustainable 2050.

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Leah Morgan (UK AEA)

Leah Morgan told us all about what fusion energy is and why it’s so important to our current and future lives. Leah also explained how their journey from school to university led her to where she is now, working on one of the world’s largest engineering and scientific projects.

Phill O’Dell (Rolls-Royce)

Phill is the pilot of the zero-emission ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft which is expected to make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300+ MPH in early 2021. He joined us to tell us what it’s like working at Roll’s-Royce and what it takes to pilot such an amazing aircraft.

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Ruth Amos

Our host with the most. Inventor, entrepreneur and co-founder of Kids Invent Stuff, skilfully guided us through the week and shared her own inspirational story along the way

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Dr Susanne Imber (University of Leicester)

Suzanne Imber is a Planetary Scientist, and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Leicester. She was the winner of the 2017 BBC Two television program Astronauts, Do You Have What It Takes?