The Careers Experiment – STEAM Careers

Career Experiment - STEAM Careers 1

The Ofsted survey into science education (2013) highlights the importance of teaching science for a greater understanding of life, they state that “science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity”. For pupils to achieve in science, they must not only acquire the necessary knowledge, but also understand its value of working scientifically to sustain their interest and curiosity. Young people need to discover and experience scientific phenomena and conduct experimental investigations in school for themselves. They are then more likely to continue to study science and use that learning for work and to contribute as informed citizens. Employers, higher education officials and scientific bodies have voiced their concerns that school leavers are not equipped with the investigative and analytical skills necessary to flourish in a technological world.

‘The Career Experiment’ was created to encourage students to explore the benefits of STEM subjects. It is aimed at ALL young people, not only those interested in science or maths, enhancing both STEM and STEAM initiatives for boys and girls.


Rob’s having a bad day, an experiment has gone wrong and his science teacher is in A&E with no eyebrows. It gets worse. The substitute teacher has partnered him up with the most popular girl in year 9, Danielle, who’s never spoken to him. Both Rob and Danielle have a series of detentions to learn about the importance of science. Whilst on their journey of discovery, they learn about male and female scientific figures, a surprising range of careers available and come to realise that STEM can be for everyone. Maybe the sky isn’t the limit..?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Promote accessibility to STEM careers with a focus on women.
  2. Demonstrate the progression routes of STEM education through university.
  3. Illustrate the importance of STEM in everyday life.
  4. Encourage exploration and curiosity in an accessible way.

PSCHE Core themes that this programme covers:

Health and Well-being

  • Recognising personal strengths and how it affects self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Recognising personal qualities, attitudes, skills- how affected by others
  • Accepting helpful feedback and rejecting unhelpful criticism


  • Qualities, behaviours and features of positive relationships
  • Developing Communication Skills

Living in the Wider World

  • Changes young people are facing
  • Building on skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding gained
  • Increasing independence
  • Managing influence of peers and media
  • Addressing the challenges of effective learning
  • Active contribution to society

”I just wanted to thank you more formally for all your support and hard work with the summer school. Informal feedback has been outstanding – one of the children remarked ‘it was the best thing they had ever seen’ on the journey back to school!”
Angela Luton
University STEM Coordinator (ISVA)

“We invited 2engage into school to present their Career Experiment STEM show to year 8 as part of their careers conference 2019. 2engage delivered another amazing performance, providing fabulous entertainment combined with an informative account of opportunities available for students to take part in STEM careers. The show also highlighted the fact that girls can and also do pursue successful STEM careers. Many thanks for proving such a valuable, entertaining, informative and enthusiastic performance!”
Jill Isaacs
Career Coordinator- Smithills School

At A Glance

Age Group: Year 8-9
Key Stage: Key Stage 3
Duration: 45 minutes
Group Size: 5-300
Resource Pack: No
Follow Up Workshop: No