Science Summer School

Science Summer School Activities

In this section you will find details on exciting upcoming events you can get involved in.

One Giant Leap

Are you a young person thinking about your future career path?

There are so many opportunities available that it can be difficult to make a choice on your next big step. Join us at the ‘One Giant Leap’ event on Tuesday 23 January 2024 to hear from a range of speakers who will share the steps and pathways they’ve followed to arrive in their chosen career.

Hosted by Professor Brian Cox CBE, OBE, FRS, the event includes the following speakers:

  1. Prof Mark Lawler, QUB
  2. Ms Gillian Riddell, QUB
  3. Fiona Byrne, Kilwaughter Minerals
  4. Jonathan Kerr, B9 Energy Storage
  5. Fiona Simpson, Head of Commercial NI, Amazon Web Services
  6. Suzanne Leslie, Partner Sales Manager, Amazon Web Services
  7. David Watson, Senior Advisor, Ryobi
  8. Helen Reilly, Caterpillar (TBC)

This free event is for young people in Year 12-14 and their parents. It is part of Mid and East Antrim’s Science Summer School NI event which aims to encourage curiosity, inspire the next generation of local talent and future workforce and raise the importance of STEAM activities with young people and their parents.

Date: Tuesday 23 January 2024

Time: 6pm - 7:30pm (Mini Career Fair from 5pm)

Venue: The Braid Arts and Civic Centre, Ballymena

The event is delivered in partnership with Well North Enterprises and supported by sponsors: Kilwaughter Minerals, Ryobi, IPC Mouldings, Terumo, Caterpillar, Michelin Development Ltd, and Yelo.

If you have any queries please get in touch via email to: or T: 028 2563 3363.


Amazon Web Services (AWS)


AWS GetIT is an education programme designed to inspire 12-14-year-old students, especially girls, to consider a future in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This is with the aim of attracting interest from schools all over the UK to sign up and inspire more students from diverse backgrounds to pursue a future career in technology.

Designed to run throughout the academic year (September – April), the AWS GetIT programme is fully funded and helps schools and educators bring tech role models to their classrooms and gives them access to a curriculum designed to help students build foundational skills, learn about cloud tech, and design app ideas to solve problems in their communities. The AWS GetIT programme was launched in 2018 and to date has trained over 19,000 students across eight countries.

To participate in the full programme for the 2023/24 academic year, please check out the AWS GetIT website.

AWS Spark

AWS Spark provides secondary schools and educators with content designed to inspire students aged 13 - 18 to explore future cloud careers. Units help educators integrate in-demand cloud skills into their curricula, expanding the breadth and depth of their students’ cloud knowledge while exploring interesting topics such as conservation, sustainability, genomics, and sports data. AWS Spark units include written content, videos, interactive activities, simulations, knowledge checks, and summative assessments.

  • Units range from 20 to 90 minutes and can be easily divided to align with classroom time periods
  • Content is designed to be integrated into existing curriculum, virtually or in-person
  • Units complement the curriculum and are ready-to-teach
  • No-cost to students, educators, or schools

In each unit, students learn how professionals in various industries are using the cloud to solve real-world problems. Student units currently available in English in the following:

  • Sustainability in the Cloud
  • Chatbots for Accessibility
  • Sports Data Analytics
  • Cancer Hunters in the Cloud
  • Cloud Rescue! Koalas
  • Exploring Exoplanets

To participate in the AWS Spark! apply on the website. For support implementing in your classroom or community, freely reach out to us at