Countdown is on to STEMFest in Space 2021

Students across the North East are being invited to a popular event which showcases the many wonders of space and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning.


STEMFest in Space is set to blast off in style on Thursday 7 October from 9.30am–7pm and will include inspirational speakers from the International Space sector, astronauts and astronomers. The theme for this year’s action-packed day celebrates women in space and will feature activities, talks and demonstrations, delivered as part of World Space Week (4-10 October).


The virtual event attracted over 14,000 children from schools, colleges and community groups from across the UK and worldwide last year and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and more exciting.


The event is organised by the North East STEM hub, run by RTC North and combines classroom and hands-on learning in an exciting, fun packed day. The event is delivered online to reach a wider audience and young people will be able to learn from the comfort of their own classroom and interact with STEM Ambassadors who work or support the international space industry. It is also a perfect opportunity for the young people to consider a career within the space sector.


Last year, the event attracted 422 schools across the UK, USA, India, Pakistan, The Maldives, Zimbabwe, Singapore and Nigeria. 256 of those schools were based here in the North East where the young children and their teachers could interact and ask questions to speakers and participate in some of the exciting experiments and activities.


Once again, this year’s host will be TV presenter and stage actor, Dallas Campbell who will introduce the speakers on the main stage. Already confirmed as part of the programme is space scientist Dr Suzie Imber and the Kielder Observatory.


Event organiser, Claire Willis, STEM Business Development Manager at RTC North, said: “This event keeps on getting bigger and bigger and is now firmly established as one of the biggest space and astronomy events in the calendar.


“We had over 14,000 pupils log on to last year’s event and schools and colleges have already been contacting us for details of this year’s event so we know this is going to be popular.


“The aim of STEMFest in Space is to encourage and engage as many young people as possible in STEM subjects to help them consider a career in this field when they are older.


“Space ‘tourism’ hit all the headlines last month following successful commercial trips by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and I’m sure this is a subject that will be covered on the day.”


Dallas Campbell, said: “Space is the perfect canvas for young people to explore and engage with all kinds of STEM subjects. I’m so looking forward to hosting the event again this year and meeting some of the extraordinary people who have dedicated their lives to our greatest adventure. The countdown is ON!”


You must pre-register for this event. Tickets are free and can be booked via Eventbrite 


To find out more about STEMFest in Space, you can visit their website at


In addition to STEMFest in Space, Mission Discovery have organised a 5-day NASA-led STEM course throughout the October half term (25-29 Oct). The event for 14-18 year old students living in the North East, will feature NASA Astronauts Michael Foale and Barbara Morgan, and will see students proposing an idea of their own science experiment and then the selected idea will be launched into space and carried out by Astronauts aboard the International Space Station. For more details, please visit

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