British Science Festival Raspberry Jam

Saturday 11th September 2021 – ~10am~4pm
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex

The British Science Festival is being held in Chelmsford from 7th to 11th September 2021 at Anglia Ruskin University with an expected 15,000 people attending.

As part of the Festival’s family activities, we’ll be running a Raspberry Jam STEM Festival on 11th September 10am-4pm and invite you to take part to show your project, give a talk, help or run a workshop on a STEM/tech theme.

Book here for tickets to the Family day which we’ll be part of and let us know if you’d like to show your project etc.


The Essex Steamettes are also inviting girls aged 10yrs+ to take part with them at the festival and join them at their online meetings.

Please note, activities will be subject to any COVID restrictions in place and other activities happening at BSF/ARU so we probably won’t be able to accommodate all requests. We will however be running future Chelmsford Raspberry Jam STEM Festivals and will invite you to take part.

Interactive musical Microbit course

Join us this summer for a 10 lesson interactive musical Microbit glove course covering music, dance, sewing as well as coding, accelerators, sensors.

The course will be held remotely with Youtube videos, e-zine instructions, online meetings and free equipment.
It’s suitable for beginners using simple blocks and Python for those who are more advanced.

Details of dates and the free equipment are currently being organised. Last year participants needed their own Microbit which could be borrowed from local libraries or purchased for £15.

The Essex Steamettes loved last year’s course and you can see their playlist of videos they made here . @ac_coder’s video of lesson 7 dance trainer gives a good idea of the course :

More details here when known.

Other coding workshops for girls

The Essex Steamettes are meeting online and new girls aged 11yrs+ are invited to join :

Tuesdays 5pm Web design
Sundays 2pm Microbit and electronics

Click here for details.

June 26th 12pm-3pm, The Old Waterworks, Southend

As part of “She Heals” a Sci-Art exhibition.

11am Doors open for setup, social time, exhibition preview, coding drones

12 pm – Lily opens the exhibition/ coding drones

12.15 pm – 3D design workshop (for 3D printing, VR/AR, Toy Story style CGI animations)

1.00 pm Lunch break

1.15 pm Virtual Reality workshop using html web design

2.00 pm Interactive musical glove, Microbit and electronics; Your Code in Space – space science experiements using sensors and Raspberry Pi.

3.00pm – 5.00pm Social time, breakout rooms, continue working on workshops or own projects, leave when ready.

Click here to book here for girls aged 11yrs+.

Check out this 60 second video of the work so far :