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Over 1,500 young people signup to North Star Science School’s virtual event

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This December, The North Star Science School, which is being live streamed from a studio at Gulliver’s Valley theme park in Rotherham, will celebrate all things science in South Yorkshire as well the great minds who have charted a course through innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).

The event is part of the Professor Brian Cox’s Science Summer School which was started in partnership with Lord Andrew Mawson.

The Science Summer School has been running for nine years and mixes the best of the STEAM subjects through seminars, discussions and hands-on experiments. The event later next month is no exception.

With a programme full of inspirational guests including, winner of BBC Astronauts and Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester, Dr Suzanne Imber; Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis; pilot of the Rolls-Royce zero-emission ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft, Phill O’Dell; the team from luxury supercar maker McLaren Automotive, and so many more, it’s no wonder more than 1,500 young people from across Sheffield and Rotherham have signed up to take part in the interactive programme which will be live streamed into schools and colleges.

Ruth Amos, creator of StairSteady and co-founder of Kids Invent Stuff, will be hosting the three day event. She’ll be leading the audience through a thought-provoking afternoon with Professor Brian Cox, Lord Andrew Mawson, co-founder of the Science Summer School and Dr Rahul Mandal, Research Associate at the University of Sheffield Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) and winner of the 2018 Great British Bake Off.

She said: “I cannot wait to host such an exciting event. They are vital to engaging young people with STEAM.”

The second half of the event will include presentations from North Star’s partner schools - Wales High School, Wath Academy, Park Academy and Maltby Academy - about fusion energy, carbon fibre and eco-friendly bricks with talks focusing on the science of baking, space observations and climate change. There will also be an insight from Leah Morgan, a graduate project engineer at the UK Atomic Energy Authority – who are opening a new research centre in Rotherham – about how she joined the quest for fusion energy, working on one of the world’s largest engineering and scientific projects.

There’s also a chance to hear from Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s Theme Parks and Resorts, who will talk about the engineering that was involved in the design of the new Gulliver’s Valley theme park.

Kris Mackay, Programme Manager at Well Rotherham said: “We’re all very excited for the upcoming event. It’s fantastic that with everything going on in the world, we can all come together – virtually of course – to celebrate South Yorkshire as the home of world class manufacturing, and work alongside each other to inspire our future generations to hopefully start a career in one of the STEAM subjects.”

If you’d like to find out more about North Star, the programme and the interactive artwork visit www.