Home Learning with Steam School

Dear Parent,

The school that your child attends is a member of the Steam School programme. To help schools who haven’t had chance to create student accounts we have created this temporary website. You will be able to access previous broadcasts and challenge maps which you can work on with your children whilst home. 

Steam School is an award winning virtual club for future inventors, engineers entrepreneurs and digital creators. We host 6 missions every year exploring #STEAM4GOOD projects and futuristic technology. Learners can journey through each mission by participating in weekly broadcasts with STEAM experts and choose from 18 different challenges to complete as scientists, engineers, artists, digital makers and entrepreneurs.

Our network of supporters, speakers and partners in the science and technology sector is unrivalled. Previous broadcast guests include global brands like Instagram, Pokemon Go, Google and Fortnite. We also find global tech start ups, young and social entrepreneurs with inspirational stories to tell.

This term we are hosting a mission called ‘Feed the World’ exploring sustainable and futuristic food technology. Our guests include:

✅ Too Good To Go⁠ (food waste app)
✅ Higher Steaks⁠ (making meat with stem cell technology in a lab)
✅ Get Nourish3d⁠ (3D printing food)
✅ Eat Grub⁠ (insect superfood)
✅ LetUs Grow⁠ (vertical farming)

Steam School provides young people with a unique opportunity to explore futuristic science and tech innovations, inspiring and equipping students to prepare for ‘future jobs’.

I hope you find the resources and broadcasts of value during school lockdown. We have created a temporary Facebook group that parents can join to ask questions and share your experiences. You will be asked to confirm your child’s school before joining the group. 

Steam School Missions

Click each mission to find the links and the challenges for each broadcast.

Fly me to…

No Planet B

 ‘Fly Me To’ Broadcasts & Challenges

FLY ME TO…

Science and technology innovations in transportation have brought modes of transport usually found in science fiction to life. Travelling across the globe will soon be smarter, greener and faster. Join us on a mission to explore the science and engineering powering the transportation of the future.

Driving Electric Dreams | Go Ultra Low

After almost 100 years of the internal combustion engine, a new automotive technology has arrived. Cleaner; quieter; and fun to drive. The electric car is here. And it’s here to stay. But, after so many years of the same petrol or diesel cars and vans, there are some challenge ahead to ensure that more people drive electric.

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#Drones4Good | The SkyBound Rescuer Project

Gemma Alcock is an award winning innovator and drone designer. Gemma  has combined her love for search and rescue with her technical knowledge to create the ‘The SkyBound Rescuer Project’. This project is exploring the use of drone technology to help save humans endangered in coastal emergencies.

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Urban Aerial Mobility | Skyports

Tech entrepreneurs across the globe are developing flying taxis and drone delivery services. Sounds exciting! But where will these taxis and drones land? How will we keep humans safe? Do we even need them? In this broadcast we will chat to Simon Whalley of Skyports to talk about how our towns and cities need to prepare for an aerial mobility future.

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Reach for the Skies | Autonomous Flight

Martin Warner is one of the U.K.’s most prolific entrepreneurs. He has created a dozen leading ventures, registered over 120 patents and is responsible for co-inventing full colour 3D printing His latest venture, Autonomous Flight is pioneering the design and manufacture electric VTOL aircraft, with the goal of providing flying taxis for the same price as a car.

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Hypersonic Travel | Hyperloop

Hyperloop is a futuristic train that can travel at extraordinary speeds. It’s designed to be safe, energy efficient, and reliable. It will take you directly to your destination at speeds of up to 700 mph, above land or underground. In this broadcast we are joined by Kristen Hammer of Virgin Hyperloop One to explore their Hyperloop projects in India and Dubai.

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 ‘No Planet B’ Broadcast & Challenges

No Planet B

Climate change, endangered species, feeding the world, plastics – the list of environmental concerns seems endless. Humanity needs to take action on a global scale. Join us on a mission to explore projects and meet innovators determined to save our planet.

Eco Entrepreneur | Plastic For Change

Plastics For Change is changing lives through recycling and addressing the root cause of the ocean plastic problem, In this broadcast we will meet CEO and Founder of Plastics For Change, Andrew Almack. We will learn about how his mobile platform provides wastepickers with fair and consistent income, helping to reduce the plastic problem and poverty in developing countries.

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The Surfrider EU Project

Since 1990 Surfrider Foundation Europe has been fighting for the protection of the ocean and its users. The Surfrider Foundation Europe focuses on 3 specific areas aquatic waste, water quality, and climate change.  In this broadcast we will meet Lauren Meshako who will share with us how Surfrider EU has mobilised 3000 volunteers to protect and preserve our oceans.

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Preserve and Protect | Infinite Earth

Rimba Raya (“Infinite Forest”) is located on the southern coast of Borneo and is Infinite EARTH’s flagship conservation and biodiversity bank. The Reserve provides, preserves and protects 65,000 hectares of peat swamp forest, hundreds of at risk mammal species and providing community development programs for 16 villages.

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The Climate Change Global Adventure | Dr. Roger Tyers

Meet Roger Tyers is a research fellow from Southampton University, specialising in climate change. Academics regularly share their research with their global colleagues and this means lots of travel. In support of his work, he pledged not to travel by air in 2019 and 2020. However, there was one issue. Roger was invited to travel to China to showcase his work – so to honour his pledge he travelled for 14 days overland from Southampton to Beijing. Join this broadcast to learn about his journey and how aviation affects climate change.

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British Antarctic Survey

In the most extreme places in the world, the most remarkable people gather scientific evidence about our changing planet. From the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer, to the effects of climate change, the polar regions act as early warning systems. With the help of the British Antarctic Survey, governments and world leaders have been able to use the evidence gathered to make better decisions for the future of the Earth.

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The Power of the Mini | Circla

Did you know that every year 980 tonnes of plastic waste is created by travel miniatures? In the UK, over 100 million travel miniatures are purchased every year, most of them thrown away after just one use. Travel miniatures are a real nuisance to recycle because most recycling centres typically have equipment that removes small items. Non-recycled items normally end up in landfill or our oceans. Meet Claudia, founder of Circla who has the first ever planet-friendly travel miniature service for U.K. travellers. In just four months this young entrepreneur has already partnered with 12 different brands and sold 1000 products in her first week alone.

15 min Show Link

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Mixed Reality

Feed the World

Mixed Reality Broadcasts & Challenges

Mixed Reality

Join this mission to explore some of the most exciting developments in augmented and virtual reality and how they can be used to enhance sports and entertainment experiences. Guests include Instagram Spark, Pokemon Go, Epic Games (makers of Fortnite) and Ultraleap.

Japanese Tech Sports | HADO

As the world’s first techno sport, HADO combines augmented reality technology with a competitive sport to create a game able to take eSports from the chair to a real life arena. Anyone can play this exciting sport originating in Japan. In this broadcast we will meet the team bringing HADO tournaments to the U.K. and learn about the technology powers this exciting game.

15 Min Show Link

Create Instagram Filters | Facebook's Spark AR

The future of Instagram is a fun, filtered experience that remixes the real world with technology and art — thanks to Spark AR Studio! Facebook’s  Spark AR Studio  allows anyone to create augmented reality filters and effects for Instagram Stories. Custom Instagram Stories filters are no longer limited to the Kylie Jenner’s and Nike’s of the world, giving digital creators the opportunity to create their own AR Filters. In this broadcast we will meet the team that is helping people to create their own social media filters and find out what it is like to work at Spark AR..

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Augmented Reality | Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go  is an augmented reality game tied in to Nintendo’s best-selling  Pokémon  game and film/television empire. Pokémon Go  was developed by San Francisco-based game developer Niantic, specialising in augmented reality games.

According to Guinness World Records, Pokémon Go revenue was the highest ever of any mobile game in its first month, at $207 million. It was also the most downloaded, topped the most international charts, and grossed $100 million in a mere 20 days.

In this broadcast we will meet Andrew Marks who works at Niantic Labs in London to get a #behindthescenes look at how this cultural phenomenon is created.

15 min Show Link

#FORTNITEBLACKOUT - Massive Interactive Live Events | Epic Games

Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, hosted its first MASSIVE INTERACTIVE LIVE EVENT to conclude the end of Season 10. #FORTNITEBLACKOUT was witnessed by tens of millions of people across a myriad of devices and broadcasts. Join this broadcast to learn more about the technology that powers these events and what it is like to work at EPIC Games.

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Redefining Interaction | Ultraleap

The future is a place where infinite worlds are at your fingertips. One where you interact naturally and in 3D. One where you don’t need controllers or touchscreens. Ultraleap has brought together the world’s most powerful 3D hand tracking with the only haptic technology able to create the sensation of touch in mid-air. Join us in this broadcast to find out more!

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Redefining Reality | Immersive Studios

Gaming, sporting, education and entertainment brands are exploring how to make use of immersive technologies to create a better experience for their communities. In this broadcast we will meet Robin from Immersive Studios exploring the future of immersive technology. We will also get an exclusive look at their free roam VR technology -XIST!

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Download: ‘Feed the World’ Challenges

Feed the World

During this mission we will explore this global challenge. Our team have been super busy finding the best guests who are working towards creating more sustainable food sources and futuristic food technology including Too Good To Go, Get Nourished, Eat Grub, Higher Steaks and LettUs Grow.

Too Good To Go

Each year, over 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK. This waste is estimated to be worth £17 billion a year. That’s £700 per family per year spent on food that ultimately just ends up in the bin. In this broadcast, we talk to the creators of the app, Too Good to Go, a group of waste warriors looking to reduce food waste.

15 Min Show Link

Vertical Farming - Lettus Grow

Humanity must increase food production by 70% to feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050, with 25% less farmland, degraded soils and in an ever more unstable climate. In this broadcast, we will explore alternative ways to grow food with LettUs Grow, a UK company creating new technology to reduce the amount of water required to grow food and in any place – from cities to deserts!
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3D Printed Food - Nourish3d

3D printed food is predicted to be the ‘next big thing’ in food manufacturing technology. Using this technology, food technologists can create personalised foods using unusual ingredients including algae, beet leaves or insects that are otherwise hard to process into tasty products. In this broadcast we will meet Melanie Snover, 3D printing foodie entrepreneur and founder of Nourish3D.

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Lab Grown Meat - Higher Steaks

Higher Steaks  is a new food tech start up based in the U.K. Using state-of-the-art cell culture techniques, they create meat in a sustainable way, without killing any animals in the progress. Said to taste exactly the same as traditional meat, cell-based meat has the potential to use 99% less land, 96% less water, 45% less energy and has up to 96% less greenhouse gas emissions. In this broadcast we will meet founder Benjamina to find out more.
15 min Show Link

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entrepreNERDS

Download: ‘entrepreNERDs’ Challenges

entrepreNERDs

This generation of young people is uniquely gifted with innate tech skills and limitless creativity. During this mission we will meet young entrepreNERDs from all over the globe who are using technology and science to create their own businesses, inventions and #STEAM4good projects.

Jamie Harkin - Teen Super EntrepreNERD

Jamie started his own confectionery business aged 12 years old back in 2013. Sweet Treats specialised in suppling exclusive confectionary items from across the globe to TV shows like the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and even Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Celebrations in Windsor Castle.

Jamie has closed this business to concentrate on finishing his A-Levels. However, he has not left his entrepreneurial endeavours behind completely! Can’t wait to find out more on our weekly broadcast.

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Fionn Ferreira - Inventor and Scientist

Fionn left top scientists and engineers in awe as he was named the Grand Prize Global Winner of the Google Science Fair 2019 when he developed a non-harmful way to extract microplastics from water using vegetable oil and rust powder. This young inventor wants to help inspire a new generation of scientists and even has a small planet named after him by MIT.
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3D Avatar EntrepreNERD

Recently named as one of Forbes 30 under 30, Timmu is the CEO Wolf3D, a company that creates 3D avatars using a single selfie, Based in Estonia, this young tech entrepreneur works with some of the biggest gaming and VR companies in the world. In this broadcast, we will take a behind the scenes look at how this exciting technology is created.
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Female Football EntrepreNERD

Former professional footballer Grace Vella hopes the growth in women’s football will turn her eCommerce business MissKick into a global fashion brand.

The 22-year-old launched her clothing brand MissKick to change perceptions of women’s football and hopes its success will finance the MissKick Academy to discover future female football superstars.

In this broadcast we will explore her entrepreneurial journey and plans for the future.
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2019/2020 Highlights

Click each thumbnail below to find the links for each broadcast.

Great Pacific Plastics Cleanup

Smashing Science Stereotypes

Great Pacific Plastics Cleanup Broadcast

Emily Penn

Emily is a skipper, ocean advocate and artist dedicated to studying environmental challenges in the most remote parts of our planet. She is an international public speaker and advisor on issues relating to our ocean and future society. Emily Penn leads an all-women expedition sailing crew through the Pacific Ocean on a mission to tackle the plastic pollution that is choking marine environments, killing animals and even threatening human health.

Smashing Science Stereotypes Broadcast

Rachel Konichiwakitty

By day Rachel grows eyeballs in a lab whilst researching a cure for genetic blindness. By night Rachel runs her own business called ‘Rachel Konichiwakitty’, designing fashion tech items for unicorn, mermaid loving fashionistas across the globe. In this broadcast we will explore science stereotypes and how Rachel balance’s her research with a growing business empire.

Young Video Games Entrepreneur

ProtoEV Motorsports Entrepreneur

Young Video Games Entrepreneur Broadcast

Louise Leolin

Founder of DinoByte Labs, Louise Leolin has developed a London-based indie games company, which creates exciting games with gamers as their focus. Inspired by her time at the University of East London, DinoByte Labs is designed to encourage more females to work in the UK games industry. DinoByte Labs. Last year DinoByte Labs successfully financed their first mobile video game Midli via a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign.

ProtoEV Motorsports Entrepreneur Broadcast

Nile Henry

Nile is the founder and CEO of The Blair Project, a disruptive social enterprise that exists to inspire the next generation of high tech engineers through electric karting and digital manufacturing & design project based activities. Nile created, developed and secured funding support for an exciting STEM education programme called the ProtoEV Challenge where student/apprenticeship teams aged 15-18 convert used petrol go-karts into fully electric e-karts which they test and race to see which is the fastest and most energy efficient.

Flight Futurist

Searching for Life on Mars

Flight Futurist Broadcast

BAE Systems

Sophie is an Aerodynamics & Performance Engineer for BAE Systems Air’s Concepts & Technology team. She performs aerodynamic analysis on future aircraft concepts, leading joint hypersonic and space concept work with Reaction Engines. Sophie is one of the youngest engineers to ever achieve Chartered Engineer status with the RAeS and has received commendations in the form of the BAE Systems’ Technical Graduate of the Year 2016, SEMTA Graduate of the Year 2017, Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35 2017, BAE Systems’ Bee Beamont Award 2017, the Sir Henry Royce Medal 2018 and the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018.

Searching for Life on Mars Broadcast

Abbie Hutty

Abbie saw a story in the news when she was doing her GCSEs – British Engineers were building a probe for Mars! Inspired by that she decided to study engineering. After graduating Abbie joined Airbus Defence and Space as a Mechanical Engineer and soon moved to work on the ExoMars Rover – Europe’s first Rover for Mars! In 2016, she was elected as the youngest ever Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 

The Future of Home Robotics

Sustainable Palm Oil City

The Future of Home Robotics Broadcast

Misty Robotics

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Misty Robotics, Inc. builds personal robots for developers, entrepreneurs, students, and makers for use in homes and offices. Its personal robots are designed to be friends, teammates, and part of the family. Misty Robotics is founded by inventor, Ian Bernstein who previously created the Sphero (Play Robot) and BB-8 the lovable, remote-controlled robot modeled after the one that starred in Star Wars, which became among the highest selling robots in the world.

Sustainable Palm Oil City Broadcast

Chester Zoo

Over the past few decades, habitat loss and conversion of forests for agricultural use in Borneo and Sumatra has put numerous species at risk and conservation efforts are vitally important to protect the island’s biodiversity. Currently, the expanding unsustainable palm oil industry is one of the biggest threats facing the region. Chester was recently named the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City.  In this broadcast, we talk to Faye Sherlock who is leading the project on behalf of Chester Zoo. 

Sustainable Food Manufacturing

Creating a Video Game

Sustainable Food Manufacturing Broadcast

Impossible Foods

Have you heard about the burger, that isn’t a burger, but bleeds like a burger, tastes like a burger but is made from plants? Meet the team from Impossible Foods, an innovative food manufacturing company based in USA. The team are on a mission to create a sustainable food manufacturing system using plants as their source ingredient. On this broadcast we will learn more about why their product is saving the planet and the science that underpins it!

Creating a Video Game Broadcast

Milky Tea

Milky Tea is a UK based Game Development and Animation Production Studio. Established in Liverpool in 2005, the studio designs, develops and publishes digital content for some of the globe’s biggest brands including NFL, Sony, Kraft, Bose and Toyota. The studio is renowned for its work in the UK on the Lloyds TSB ‘for the journey’ advertising campaign between 2007 – 2013. The team is currently working on their latest game, HyperBrawl Tournament, currently in pre-beta and scheduled to be released on Steam and Nintendo Switch 2019.

Creating a Tech Toy

Exploring Virtual Reality

Creating a Tech Toy Broadcast

SwapBots

British startup SwapBots brings toys to life using the magic of augmented reality. By swapping pieces of the SwapBots, the player can influence the video game. The toy is ‘scanned’ by a mobile device to unlock it in the game using an advanced version of marker-based augmented reality. As the digital animation is overlaid onto the physical toy, it gives the appearance that the video game has broken out of the screen and arrived into the real world. The SwapBots toys can be assembled in hundreds of combinations, each of which results in differing in-game abilities.

Exploring Virtual Reality Broadcast

vTime

vTime is a virtual reality social network that combines virtual reality chat with the ability to connect with friends using animated overlays on top of the real world. In this broadcast we will explore how vTime created their technology, career opportunities in this sector and how virtual reality technology will be used by humans in the not so distant future.

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