STEM Insight Weeks

We aim to inspire year 10 students with a week of thought-provoking insights into local STEM employers to gain valuable awareness of STEM careers and STEM skills.

STEM Insight Week 21st – 25th February 2022 – Year 10

During the February half term will be running a FREE Insight week, full of virtual and in-person visits and talks*.  The theme of the week will be how computing technology underpins our world. During the week students will get to hear from companies such as Abbot, Vertex pharmaceuticals and STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Students will also take part in workshops designed to help develop skills employers are looking for, such as CV writing and critical thinking and they’ll also get to programme a BBC Micro bit. (*please be aware this may change to online only).

Applications are now open: STEM Insight Week Student Application Form – February 2022

Please do complete the application form and submit it to [email protected]

If you have any difficulties with the application form, or require additional support, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Not being able to complete the form is not a barrier to taking part.

The deadline for applications is Friday 11th February 2022

We are committed to your online safety during the event, for more information about our policy, please download our Online Safety Agreement.

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To find out more about our STEM Insight Weeks watch our short film.

Student Blog – Science Oxford STEM Insight Week in Computer Sciences, February 2021

Year 10 student Sophia Sangar successfully applied to take part in our virtual STEM Insight Week. This is what she had to say about it:

STEM Insight Week student profile imageOver the February half term, I took part in Science Oxford’s virtual STEM Insight Week. This welcome opportunity expanded my knowledge of STEM careers; particularly those related to Computer Sciences. It also challenged me to work on my own project.

I heard from eight industry-leading companies, ranging from cyber security at McAfee to diabetes care and product manufacturing at Abott. Hearing first-hand what it is like working for these companies and the incredible range of work they do was truly fascinating. Furthermore, the virtual tours, group presentations and careers talks gave as realistic insight into each company as possible. It was also exciting to ask questions in the live Q&A sessions.

During the CV writing workshops, I developed my understanding of key skills seeked out by employers and analysed the features of strong and weak CVs. This will hopefully help me to get ahead in the future!

micro:bit diagramFinally, I rose to the challenge of programming a BBC micro:bit. I explored the idea of making a device to help reduce anxiety, for example by reminding people to breath or take their mind off what’s troubling them. It was challenging to work out how to respond to inputs and generate custom responses because I wasn’t familiar with the programming language. But despite this, I was suitably encouraged to work independently and learn skills to help achieve my evolving objectives.

I’m very grateful to Science Oxford for the invaluable experience their STEM Insight Week proved, to learn about the world of computer science and explore career options. I definitely recommend that future Year 10 students apply to take part next year. Thank you Science Oxford!


For more information here read our news articles:

Climate Change Sciences STEM Insight Week (October 2021).

Computer Sciences STEM Insight Week (February 2021).

Biomedical Sciences STEM Insight Week (October 2020).

Visit to Big Data Institute, Oxford

“The tours gave me an insight into what place of work I would prefer to work in the future.” Lewis

Visit to Abbott Diabetes Care, Witney

“I really enjoyed the production line activity because it puts you in a real life situation. I developed my teamwork, which involved trial and error.” John

I have learnt about careers I had previously had no idea about and alternative career paths to Uni.


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