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Thinkers in Education – STEM Workshops for Schools

Key StagesKS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Special SchoolsYes
Public Liability10,000,000
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesWorkshops available from £495+VAT
Administration Service Administered by the provider

More about this Workshop/Service and the Provider

Thinkers in Education has delivered specialist STEM workshops for over 20 years and been recommended by every hosting establishment. Since our inception in 2001 we have been passionate about providing the most stimulating learning experiences possible for students in Year 5 upward. Our aim is to help students develop vital thinking skills that enable them to succeed in education and beyond. We work with schools and universities to help people realise their potential.

Space Adventure Workshops

Developing Creative Thinkers in STEM

These Space Adventure workshops allow teams of pupils to represent different nations in a race to reach and explore Mars safely. With bold claims currently being made by SpaceX and Mars One, both putting real-life pressure on the world’s recognised space agencies, the context has never been more relevant.

Activities are carefully structured to develop a huge range of STEM skills in the most exhilarating and challenging scenarios that make for unforgettable learning experiences. Success in wide-ranging experiments and engineering tasks is essential if teams are to survive the mission! (Whilst reinforcing and extending the curriculum).

Every workshop is delivered as a game-like competition, in which teams of students compete against one another to have the technology, skills and knowledge to successfully explore and colonise the alien planet.

Delivered by a team of at least two presenters, a highly experienced STEM teacher and specialist learning assistant, each workshop runs seamlessly from one activity to the next – ensuring pupils are always engaged and time is effectively used with high relevancy to the curriculum. Workshops have been adapted to best challenge pupils considering their age and ability, with versions existing for KS2-KS5 classes.

Types of Workshop:

You can host multiple 1-Hour sessions in day for different classes (allowing up to 180 pupils to participate), two 2-Hour sessions (allowing up to 72 pupils to be included) or choose our deeply immersive Space Science workshops for up to 36 pupils lasting 1-5 days (perfect for term-time experience days or holiday school activities).

Whichever option you choose, you can rest assured everything has been carefully optimised to ensure time is used most effectively, allowing opportunities for students to work individually, in pairs and in teams. We can also provide a Performance Report for every participant - based on the individual challenges they complete.

Lander Electronics

Host 2-5 One-Hour Sessions for 36 pupils per session (£495 - £895 +VAT)

Students must design and construct sensors to improve safety on a Mars Lander. They will learn how to build prototype circuits using equipment often reserved for GCSE electronics and beyond.

• Alarming Electronics - using electronic breadboards
• Mission Quiz

Alien Analysis

Host 2-5 One-Hour Sessions for 36 pupils per session (£495 - £795 +VAT)

Explore the mysteries of Valles Marineris by analysing samples taken from the huge canyon system of Mars. Students will learn new practical techniques to improve their experimentation and analytical skills.

• Yr 5-7 Mars Sand Investigation
• Yr 8-13 MicroChemistry Redox Reactions
• Mission Quiz

Space Pioneers

Host 1 or 2 Two-Hour Sessions for 36 pupils per session  (£495 - £795 +VAT)

Participants will design and build complex electronic sensors to ensure their landing vehicle gives their team a safe touchdown - before learning how to analyse the alien surface upon which they have landed.

• Alarming Electronics - using electronic breadboards
• Yr 5-7 Mars Sand Investigation
• Yr 8-13 MicroChemistry Redox Reactions
• Mission Quiz

Target Mars 1-Day Mission:

Host 1-Day (5-Hour) Sessions for 36 pupils (£720 +VAT)

Our flagship STEM workshop since 2001 allows participants to use techniques and equipment used in research laboratories around the world as they learn to analyse Mars soil samples, engineer prototype vehicles and arrange emergency blood transfusions! Teams must invest their funds wisely and determine which of their team members have the skills required to successfully lead each of the challenges faced.

The standard day includes hands-on practical challenges for every participant in Chemistry, Biology, Physics & Engineering and Mathematics.

Students will compete in:
• Surface Compound Identification - using Micro Chemistry
• Prototype Engineering & Testing - using modelling machines
• Emergency Blood Transfusions - using synthetic blood
• Mars Explorers & Mission Quiz

Additional Activities in 2-5 Day Programmes:

2-Day: £1296 / 3-Day: £1836 / 4-Day: £2304 / 5-Day: £2880 (+VAT)

Rocket Technology • Robot Rovers • Alarming Electronics • Disease Outbreak • Mars Sand Investigation • Exploring Electrolytic Power • Investigating Solar Power • Investigating Wind Power • Fuel Cell Technology • Bridging the Chasm • Exploring Nanotechnology • Mars Base Design • Mars Explorers • Colonisation Conference • Beat The Blast • SETI Decoders

Additional Benefits Of Hosting:

Experienced Teacher Presenters:

For any workshop to be successful, students need to be fully engaged and excited by their learning. The pace, content, relevancy, challenge level, presentation style and classroom management all needs to be carefully delivered and go beyond the classroom experience. This is our specialist area - and we have the time and resources to continually develop. It is one of the reasons every hosting schools has recommended our workshops since our launch in 2001.


A skill development map is included for every activity, listing the STEM skills explored. Plus, group and individual performance reports can be provided at the end of the workshop, helping staff with assessment and student development.
Celebrations of Achievement: Certificates, medals and prizes are awarded after the workshop. They all help to promote STEM and foster enthusiasm for the subjects.


In addition to reinforcing core scientific concepts and expanding upon the curriculum, the programme is designed to develop and demonstrate:

• Creative thinking skills in STEM
• Communication & Enquiry Skills
• Leadership & teamwork
• Problem Solving
• Interpreting Numerical Information
• Evaluating & Judging

Risk-Free Reservations:

Simply request your preferred date(s) and we can send you marketing materials to promote your workshop to students and parents. If after 21 days you do not have enough students to participate and cover costs, or you do not wish to proceed you can cancel the workshop and pay nothing.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Excellent tasks. Children completely engaged. Presenters were super with the children. TiE were extremely cooperative and provided excellent delivery of sessions. The children were absolutely buzzing at the end and I have had so many great comments from staff and parents. I cannot wait to book again.
S Gisby, Head of Curriculum Enhancement, Bedes Prep School

As always the delivery was fantastic! Target Mars provided our learners with a range of engaging activities that left them wanting more and excited about what the next challenge might be. TiE adapted the event to have more of a focus on engineering at our request and made sure that all activities were pitched at the right level for our learners across three days! We will be using TiE again.
A Herbert, Project Manager, GROWS, University of Gloucestershire

"As always the resources, presentation and practical tasks provided for our students during the workshop were outstanding. TIE has made it possible for students to complete their experiments and still use specialist equipment in spite of COVID. TIE adapted their workshop to meet our school’s COVID restrictions. The workshops were as engaging as ever. After a year of disruption it has been fantastic to be able to run such a stimulating event. Everything was so well organised and delivered fantastically."
J Macaree – Progress Lead, The Magna Carta School

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