Newcastle University’s STEM outreach team joined us all day to run a series of events. Some Year 7 classes were looking at climate choices where they completed an activity that got them thinking about the levels of carbon they use within their daily lives. Meanwhile Year 9 classes looked at forensic chemistry and completed a series of chemical tests that a forensic researcher might conduct, including Chromatography, DNA sequencing and soil sampling. Year 10 and Year 11 took part in ‘A Future in Engineering’. Here they were introduced to the different types of engineering that are able to be studied and the most current research that is being conducted in those areas. Some highlights included: 80% composite Boeing planes which are lighter and more fuel efficient, using nickel catalysts to encourage sea urchins to absorb carbon dioxide and using geospatial technology to map deforestation and model areas at risk of flooding. We all had a fantastic day – a huge thanks to Jade, Emily and Naomi from Newcastle University for delivering some great sessions.