Steaming ahead with Prof Brian Cox

Steaming ahead with Prof Brian Cox

By Adele Forrest | 19/08/2021

Steaming ahead with Prof Brian Cox


PHYSICS expert and stargazer Brian Cox will speak to hundreds of students at the launch of a special science school at Gulliver’s Valley.

Prof Cox, Britain’s leading physicist and science communicator, will bring his North Star Science School to the region on November 24.

The event will be hosted by Ruth Amos, inventor and founder of Kids Invent Stuff, and organised by educational charity The Work-wise Foundation.

Prof Cox will open the event at Gulliver’s and deliver a keynote speech to budding scientists, before spending time exploring workshops with students.

The event will see 600 pupils from Years 8 and 9 from the South Yorkshire region taking part in a day of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) activities. This will include listening to keynote speakers and taking part in workshops created by local businesses.

After speaking with students, Prof Cox will then travel to the Advanced Manufacturing Park to address invited businesses.

John Barber, chief executive of The Work-wise Foundation  said: “The daytime event is designed to connect our young people to inspirational businesses which will spark their imaginations and set them on the road to great opportunities in STEAM careers.  

“It is very exciting to be welcoming Prof Cox to South Yorkshire and we look forward to seeing the impact this whole event could have on raising aspirations and shaping careers choices for our region’s young people.”

North Star is part of the Science Summer School national initiative co-founded in 2012 by Prof Cox and Lord Andrew Mawson with the aim of making Britain the best place in the world to do science and engineering.

This major event for schools, now in its second year, promotes innovation and opportunity to inspire the next generation to consider careers in STEAM subjects.

The first event was held virtually in December and was live streamed into schools, with around 2,000 students viewing across three days.

The event is free to attend and spaces will be allocated between schools in September once registration closes.

Businesses interested in becoming sponsors for the North Star Science School event should contact John via or call 07500 331400.

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