NETPark Community Engagement

NETPark is one of the UK’s leading science and technology parks with some seriously cool and cutting edge stuff going on. The park is expanding rapidly and employment opportunities with companies at NETPark are growing year on year.  Science-based businesses will be looking to recruit engineers, designers, scientists, technicians, specialist sales, marketing, HR and administration in the coming years  – the possibilities are endless.

NETPark delivers an outreach and engagement programme to inspire and engage local communities about the opportunities offered by the commercialisation of science at NETPark. Science and technology is all around us all the time, every day.  We find it in our cars our trains, games consoles, smartphones, lighting, fabrics, computers, cosmetics, cleaning products and medicine – Science surrounds and permeates every aspect of our daily lives – it is what makes our world work.

The NETPark School Science Ambassadors programme involves hundreds of young people from schools all around County Durham. This involves children between 8 – 18 years spreading the word about science, engineering, technology and maths to their school friends, teachers and their families.

NETPark offers events, projects, teacher CPD, and much more to engage and inspire people (young and old) about the wonders of science and build awareness of the opportunities that NETPark will offer. We actively support the principles of STEAM as well as STEM - science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics - and encourage the inclusion of arts and humanities students and teachers in our activities.

Which area of science will you choose? Watch the video below for an introduction to the exciting world of STEM, and hear from industry specialists to find out more!

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STEM: Which branch will you grow from?


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    Janet Todd

    NETPark Manager

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Did You Know?

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