Imagine! STEM Club

Introducing a STEM Club with a difference...

Introducing a STEM Club with a difference

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this initiative to the summer, where we will run it as a 2-3 day workshop. Please continue to register your interest via the application form and we will be in touch with revised dates.

As part of the build up to our centenary in 2020, Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES), in partnership with Essex County Council (ECC) and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), is launching an exciting new venture to support and encourage young people to consider the importance of science and technology in everyday life.

Starting in February 2019, we will run a six-week series of masterclasses showing how STEM impacts every part of our daily life.

Session programme

  • Session 1 (Tue 26 Feb 2019): I really need a holiday!
    A look at biology and modern lifestyles to show this really can be true.
  • Session 2 (Tue 5 Mar 2019): Super Lab
    Using the facilities of ARU's state-of-the-art Super Lab to show the benefits of regular patterns of eating, sleeping, exercise and fresh air.
  • Session 3 (Tue 12 Mar 2019): Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's a fish
    Observing how fish swim and birds fly to improve the performance of ships and aircraft. This session will conclude with a Flying Fish race.
  • Session 4 (Tue 19 Mar 2019): Building bridges
    Exploring why the same ship may be able to safely carry a much heavier load in some seas than others, and a look at the different ways bridges are supported.
  • Session 5 (Tue 26 Mar 2019): Plastic – fantastic or drastic?
    Contemplating not just the negative environmental aspects of plastics, but the positive sides too, and considering what can be done to lessen the environmental impact of plastic waste.
  • Session 6 (Tue 2 Apr 2019): The future is here
    (Content TBC) An opportunity to program and fly a drone and experience the world of virtual reality, finding out how to get started with this technology on a low budget. Students should bring an Android phone or iPhone to get the most out of this.

Age range

This programme is suitable for children aged approximately 12-14 (equivalent to Key Stage 3 or school years 8-9).

Session times

Students should arrive at 16:50; all sessions will run from 17:00 until 19:00.

Immediately following Session 6, parents are invited to join their children at a short ceremony when certificates will be presented, and snacks provided.


Attendees will be asked to make a non-refundable contribution of £12 towards equipment costs for the whole of this programme. This will be waived for those unable to contribute.

All attendees of this programme will be eligible for free student membership of Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society.


All session leaders will have current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance.

Please see our safeguarding policy here.


If you would like your child to enrol on this programme, please fill in the online form to apply for a place. Applications must be received by Friday 25 January 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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