Schools' Outreach at Lancaster University

STEM Taster Day

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Each year, over 200 pupils from different schools get a taste of what it's like to study STEM subjects at Lancaster University.

The annual STEM Taster Day, taking place on Wednesday 26th June 2019 is aimed at year twelve students who are considering pursuing a STEM-related subject at degree level. Spending the day on our campus, the Taster Day will equip students with greater knowledge of higher education and provide an insight into university life, helping to inform their future decisions. During the day, students will:

  • Tour key locations around our 560-acre campus
  • Take part in interactive taster sessions
  • Meet staff and current students from our academic departments
  • Enjoy a free buffet lunch

If you would like to be a part of this fantastic event then please contact to register your interest and reserve places. Places at this event can fill up quickly so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. On registering, you will receive further information on upcoming sessions and information for the day. We receive registrations from both school groups and also individual students.

Past activities


Investigate DNA samples to solve a murder or use thermal cameras and infra-red gas to explore climate change.


Chemistry skills are put to the test to the test in this session; see if you can identify our mystery chemicals.

Computing and Communications (ICT)

Create your own chatbot and see if it can beat the Turing Test and prove it’s ‘human’.


Dispel engineering myths and find out about the exciting options available within chemical, electronic and mechanical engineering.

Environmental Science

Use computer modelling to study geographical hazards such as volcanoes and lava flow.


Learn to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to determine land use, and then investigate these sites.

Mathematics and Statistics

Explore the mathematics of infinity as well as the impact it has had on the foundations of maths itself.


Experience the angular distribution of cosmic rays and measure the lifetime of muons, the heavier cousins of electrons.


Find out how psychologists use eye trackers in their work and discover the latest technology for researching social psychology.

University Life

Find out about all aspects of student life, from a typical day to financing your university career. Speak with a Lancaster graduate and ask questions to help inform your future choices.

Student feedback

  • "The practical work was insightful and fun"
  • "I found the day gave me lots of scope to help confirm the right subject/course at HE"
  • "It was great being able to see and use the facilities"
  • "I got a good feel for life at Lancaster"
  • "The day prepped me for what to expect next"

Teacher feedback

  • "This day always has a very positive impact on our students; it gives them inspiration as they plan their progression"
  • "Enjoyable and valuable experience for the students"
  • "Everyone was very welcoming and accommodating"