our regional launch in Shropshire.
We're delighted to announce this exciting and inspiring event and hope you'll join us.
Whether you're a parent, teacher, employer or other artist or carer.
Click the image above to see the launch film and a clip here by Matt Hancock, Creative and Digital industries Minister at DCMS.
What better venue for the event than the birthplace of the first industrial revolution, the inspiring Enginuity centre in Coalbrookdale in the shadow of the Ironbridge itself.
Tuesday 4th July 2017
WHo is it for?
The event will be relevant for carers like parents, teachers, creatives, engineers and employers.
What's going on?
- Short talks: a day of short talks for anyone interested in the importance of creativity to inspire and help our children thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.
- Creative activities day: we have a full programme of creative thinking and doing activities for local school children.
The event will aim to inspire school communities to go away and run STEAM Co. Days in Primary schools across the county and beyond.
KEYNOTE: Josh Valman - ‘TEENAGE ENTREPRENEUR’ AND CEO, RPD
We're delighted to announce our keynote speaker and can't think of a better person to kick off an event talking about educating our children for a world that's changed so quickly than hearing from someone who left school only a year or so ago and who now runs a multi-million pound global innovation business.
After being inspired by Robowars, by the age of 19, just two years ago, Josh Valman had built a global manufacturing company, valued at more than £1m. Today, as well as being a contestant in Robowars his company outsources research and development to global centres of innovation excellence, boasts 96 corporate clients including Unilever, Vodafone and Heineken and he’s done two TEDx talks.
When he was 13, Josh sent his life savings of £500 to China to have his drawings turned into real components. “They were machined from scratch to my specifications,” he says. “I built my first robot and haven’t looked back since.”
SPeaker line up
- Josh Valman, CEO RPD International – teenage entrepreneur and robowars competitor. After being inspired by Robowars as a child and running a global manufacturing business while still at school to source the components needed, within a few years of leaving school Josh Valman had built a global manufacturing company, valued at more than £30m.
Today, as well as being a contestant in Robowars his company outsources research and development to global centres of innovation excellence, boasts a hundred or so corporate clients including Unilever, Vodafone and Heineken and he’s done two TEDx talks.
- Anna Brennand, CEO of Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust will talk about the role of culture and digital technology to engage children both in their history and future opportunities.
- Nick Corston, Co-founder of STEAM Co. will talk about his vision for STEAM Co. in Shropshire and the Marches
- Nicola Grant, Deputy Head at Ludlow Primary will describe their experience of running to STEAM Co. Days of creativity in their school community
- Colin Bannon, Director of Design and Transformation, BT on their innovative initiative to connect children with creative industries, BT’s Tech Literacy work and Barefoot computing.
- Jed Picksley, Artist/maker at Wheatstone Wirework will talk about turning techno-waste into appealing art
- Richard Smith, TechLiteracy evangelist with Amazing ICT will talk about his work engaging children with tech activities and helping parnets understand the implications of technology.
- Ian Palmer, Head of Escape Studios, Europe's leading visual effects academy, will talk about the opportunities that exist in the UK in animation, games and film industries.
- Monty Lowe, Ludlow Buttercross Museum will tell a little-known story about how a computers game empire was set up in Ludlow with local school children and how it connects with the world’s bestselling video game ever.
- Nicky Morgan, Leading Education Consultant at NSMTC, Cardiff will talk on the power of parental engagement in children’s education
- Rajinder Singh Dhaliwal, Community Banking Director, Barclays will talk about the role of business in the community
- Susan Coleman of Susan’s STEM Zone will talk about her experiences connecting employers and schools across Shropshire.
- Writer Sally Clifford will talk about how writing can liberate the mind, for both writer and reader.
- John Sayer, District Governor, Rotary will talk about the role of over 50’s in community engagement projects like STEAM Co.
- Bryn Llewellyn of Tagtiv8 Active Learning will look at the impact of active learning on schools using a blend of research & playfulness
- Katy Langham from Education and Employers will show how ‘Inspiring the Future’ is the quick, easy, free way to support schools connect with volunteers from the world of work.
Exclusive filmed contributions will also come from world famous artists, designer, inventor and STEAM Co. Inspirator Dominic Wilcox and renowned artist David Mach who recently created a sculpture with 27 tons of newspapers. Other contributions will come from the DCMS, Creative Industries Federation and schools across the UK like one in Essex on what their annual week long residential visit to Ironbridge means to them.
Get your free tickets or make a donation for some here now
Activites for Primary Children
Groups of local primary children are invited to book a group ticket to enjoy a Pop-Up STEAM Co. Day to be staged by local artists, engineers and secondary children form Hadley Learning Community.
These activities will draw on the crucial STEAM skills of Science, technology, Engineering, Art and Maths and will include coding, robotics, 3D modelling, newspaper engineering, rocket science, Little Inventors, spin painting and Ukulele.
Tickets for groups of 12 children are available here now for a donation of just £100.
Read the launch blog
To find out more about the back story to this event and how a government minister, a banker and a little boy in the corner of a classroom inspired this event read the launch blog post here.
SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THIS NEXT EVENT NOW
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FILMS OF PREVIOUS EVENTS
See the films below of our regional launch event in Liverpool with Sir Ken Robinson and our event with Barclays in London and read about the Sunderland event here.
12th June: Community Screening/discussion
To start the conversation and launch the event, we were delighted to collaborate with Hadley Learning Community on a community screening/discussion around ‘Most Likely to Succeed’, a multi-award winning education documentary film that looks at how education might change to meet the needs of the fourth industrial revolution. It features Sir Ken Robinson and follows a group of students through a highly innovative school in California that focusses on creativity and collaboration.
After the film, an invited panel discussed their reaction to points raised in the film with questions from the audience. See trailer film above.