North East space event attracts global attention

Sarah Murray - STEMFest in Space

The STEMFest in Space event, which is being organised by the North East STEM hub, run by RTC North, is attracting attention from across the globe.

The free virtual event, which will be held on Thursday 7 October from 9.30am-7pm, will showcase the many wonders of space and the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning.

The latest speaker to confirm their attendance is NASA’s Sarah Murray who is project and technical lead for NASA’s Orion Vehicle Systems Performance and analysis.

Also joining a whole host of speakers and presenters will be Dr Andy Aldrin, President & CEO of the Aldrin Family Foundation and son of the famous astronaut Edwin Eugene (Buzz) Aldrin and Josh Bernstein, explorer, educator and storyteller from Project Lanos to name but a few.

Hundreds of schools, colleges and community groups across the UK and worldwide have already signed up with latest registrations from India, Indonesia and Australia.

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 event will be hosted by TV presenter and stage actor, Dallas Campbell 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.

Event organiser, Claire Willis, STEM Business Development Manager at RTC North, said:

“Our team are working really hard to deliver a comprehensive programme of presentations, discussions and activities that will appeal and engage young people and adults of all ages.

“We are really encouraged to see the uptake in registrations so far and are delighted to confirm Sarah, Josh and Andy as our latest speakers – all from the USA.

“We still have a few weeks to go until the event. Any schools or colleges interested in joining us on the day can sign up via the Eventbrite website. Last year’s event was a huge success with over 14,000 pupils logging on. I hope we can attract more registrations this year.”


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.

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

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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