STEM Insight Weeks

Our STEM Insight Weeks aim to inspire year 10 students to pursue further education and STEM careers.

Our STEM Insight Weeks are run during half-terms. Each week is a busy schedule of interactive skills-based workshops and visits to local STEM employers and facilities.

Our workshops and skills sessions are aimed at providing the skills needed during higher education and the broader world of work, whether this is writing an up-to-date and engaging CV, how to find out about particular jobs and methods of work to suit individual students, or even mindfulness and stress management.

We also aim to offer a wide range of external business visits as well as insightful career advice from STEM workers – from an apprentice to the CEO.


May half-term STEM Insight Week

Our next STEM Insight Week will be running from 30th May to 2 June 2023.

You can look forward to:

  • A visit to Oxford Instruments, the company established in 1959 by our patrons and founders – the late Sir Martin Wood and Lady Audrey Wood. Oxford Instruments design and manufacture equipment for research and industry that can investigate and manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular level. Getting at look at things on the atomic scale needs powerful microscopes and low temperature systems. Their work is helping to address the challenges of this century, including developing technology for a greener economy, designing devices that enhance digital connectivity, and creating next generation medicines and healthcare technology. Watch their YouTube video to find out more about their work.
  • A visit from and workshops with Oxford PV in our Science Oxford Centre. Oxford PV are leaders in perovskite-based high-efficiency solar technology, which will bring down costs of solar photovoltaic technology and accelerate the growth of clean solar energy. While looking at the chemistry of their solar panels, their computer modelling and testing their solar panels, you’ll be inspired by a great team working for more sustainable energy solutions.
  • A visit from Ricardo Energy and Environment, a global company that offers integrated solutions to complex environmental and sustainability issues.
  • Practical workshops to help you develop skills relevant to your future career, like CV writing, financial skills and mindfulness.
  • A ‘mini project’ to solve an engineering challenge.
  • Games and great fun!

To apply, please download and complete the application form and return to [email protected] by Monday 22 May 2023 at 12pm.

Download the application form

Keep an eye out for our news on upcoming STEM Insight Weeks. For more information, contact us at [email protected]

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STEM Insight Week February 2023 Highlights

Past STEM Insight Weeks

For information about past STEM Insight Weeks, read our news articles:

What do people who work in STEM actually do? (October 2022)

Climate Change Sciences STEM Insight Week (October 2021).

Computer Sciences STEM Insight Week (February 2021).

Biomedical Sciences STEM Insight Week (October 2020).

Also, watch our short film below about our STEM Insight Weeks to find out more.


Thanks to partners and supporters

We would like to thank companies and organisations that have supported our STEM Insight Weeks: Samsara Therapeutics; Human Centric Drug Discovery; the University of Oxford Museum of Natural History; Nikon Instruments; GE Health; Habitat Energy; Oxford PV; Ariens Co; McAfee; Abbott; Sophos; and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.


Tour of Osney Lock Hydro, Oxford, 2022


Visit behind the scenes of the Natural History Museum, Oxford, 2022


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