Year 9 STEM Taster Days

This event aims to address the need for more pupils to take STEM A-Levels and progress to STEM degree programmes. Each January, we invite local schools to send 15 of their able and enthusiastic Year 9 pupils, to inspire them to consider studying separate sciences and higher-tier mathematics before they make their GCSE choices.

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A group of year nine students attending a STEM Taster Day


The day is comprised of three STEM workshops and a careers session allowing Year 9 pupils to get to know the Central Teaching Laboratories and to experience STEM.

Year 9 STEM Taster Days 2024 will take place on January 8th and 9th.

Pupils attend one of the two available dates. The cost to schools is £80 for a minibus of pupils.

Miss, this is like the best experiment I have ever done

- Pupil, on Year 9 STEM Taster Days

Genuinely, some have tapped into skills they would want to do in the future post KS4 and perhaps KS5.

- Teacher, on pupils at Year 9 STEM Taster Days





Welcome and introduction


Practical session 1




Practical session 2


Lunch break


Practical session 3


Careers & feedback session

Year nine students taking part in an experiment involving spectroscopy bottles.

Practical sessions

See below for a list of practical sessions that have featured at Taster Days in the past, and to find out whether they’ll be running at this year’s events. Schools are asked to select five preferred sessions – we aim for at least two of these to be included in pupils’ three allocated sessions.

Session Name

Subject areaConfirmed for 2024
Skittles Spectroscopy Chemistry  

Colloid Chemistry – Making Hand Cream


Artificial Intelligence: How Can Machines Learn?

Computer Science  

Find the Bug, Foil the Spy

Electrical Engineering & Electronics  

Telling the Time with Trees

Geography & Planning  

Life Between the Tides

Ocean Studies  

The Dangerous Dragon Quiz


Disaster in Mathemagicland




Light up the World



Year 9 STEM Taster Days 2024 will take place on the 8th and 9th of January. Pupils attend one of the two available dates.

Teachers:  click below to register your school:

Register for a Year 9 STEM Taster Day


Contact Chris Marchant:

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