STAHS Children's STEM Festival Saturday 29 February 2020

Come and join us for an afternoon of spectacular science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the inaugural STAHS Children's STEM Festival. Explore 8 different zones across the STAHS Prep site and ignite your curiosity with hands-on experiments, innovative technologies and mesmerising shows of science in action.

Scroll down for more information on what's happening in each discovery zone.

What's On?

Birds of Prey

Enjoy an awe-inspiring display of 12 birds of prey from around the world, including a selection of hawks, eagles, owls and falcons that guarantee a varied and thrilling spectacle. Other activities in this zone will include dissections of real owl pellets to understand the feeding habits of these beautiful creatures.

Formula 1 Zone

Get up close to some real-life Formula 1 equipment on the patio outside. For some high-octane indoor fun, head to the Scalextric track where you can line up on the grid, grand prix style, and race to be crowned champion.

Medics of the Future

Learn all about the amazing human body and the effects of physical exercise on your health. Have a go at the Batak machine, used in the world of sport as a training tool to improve reaction times, hand-eye coordination and stamina - luckily it has the handy side effect of being tremendous fun too!

Microsoft Soundscape

Use state-of-the-art 3D audio technology to navigate your way around the school grounds in a treasure hunt-style activity. Microsoft Soundscape is an innovative technology that enables people, particularly those with blindness or low vision, to build a richer awareness of their surroundings, thus becoming more confident and empowered to get around.

Virtual Reality

Use VR headsets to immerse yourself in three different worlds of the International Space Station, Dinosaur Prophecy and Journey to Infinity.


Have an out-of-this-world experience in our domed theatre and catch one of the amazing shows available throughout the afternoon. We'll have live astronomer shows, a 'We are Aliens' film show (narrated by Rupert Grint) and a 'Dinosaurs at Dusk' film show.

Crime Scene Investigation

Something has happened in the Lodge and the lead detectives need your help to solve the collection of clues left behind! Use your keen detective skills to collect and examine fingerprints, shoe prints and other pieces of vital evidence before heading to our crime lab where you’ll get the opportunity to put the clues together in order to catch the culprit!


Have a go at building and programming a variety of robots. Can you make your humanoid perform a karate chop? Or maybe even the floss?

Key Information


Child ticket - £7

Adult ticket - £10

On site parking - £10


Please be advised that on-site parking at STAHS Prep is limited and will only be available to those who book in advance through the above ticket link. We strongly encourage you to make use of public transport or walk to the festival. If you need to bring your car, the below map has details of other public car parks available in the village. Please be aware that these may fill up quickly and you will not be able to buy parking tickets in the school grounds on the day.

Getting Here

The festival will be held at STAHS Prep, which is located at Codicote Road, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8DJ

Please note that this is a separate site, three miles away from the Senior School. Therefore, do be careful that you input the correct school name or postcode when going through a Sat Nav system.


There will be a cafe open on the day selling snacks and hot and cold drinks to all visitors to the festival. Cash and card will be accepted. Water refill stations are also available around the site so don't forget your water bottles!


We’re committed to ensuring a more accessible and enjoyable experience for disabled customers and those with specific requirements or additional needs. Wheelchair users can access all areas of the STAHS Prep site.

Contact Us

For all enquiries, please email festivals@stahs.org.uk