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 Mini-week – renewable energy theme
30th May – 1st June 2022, year 10s (free)

Due to the extra bank holiday this year, our STEM Insight Week for the next half term will be a mini-week from Monday to Wednesday at the Science Oxford Centre, Quarry Road, Headington OX3 8SB. We have organised some exciting talks, activities and workshops on the theme of renewable energy. Applications close on Friday 20th May so be sure to get your interested year 10 students to apply and ensure a place!

Applications are now open – download the application form here: STEM Insight Week Student Application Form MAY 2022

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Please return completed forms in Word format to [email protected]

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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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