Let's jump start a conversation in your community around creativity in schools, business and society.
Let's collaborate on a screening of 'Most Likely To Succeed' - the Sundance nominated film that's helping school communities re-imagine what our children and their teachers are capable of doing.
And after the film, hold a discussion around the issues raised around educating our children for the fourth industrial revolution that is unfolding at the speed of light.
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To get a date in the diary, click here.
Next Screening : 3rd MAY : Institute of imagination, LAMBETH
We're delighted to announce that the next screening/discussion will be in Lambeth, near Albert Embankment, opposite The Tate.
Given that Sir Ken Robinson helped inspire the STEAM Co. journey, that he is a patron on Imagination Foundation and is in the film, it seems a perfect collaboration.
See the trailer film for the evening below and get tickets here.
We've now held screenings across the country.
One in Hackney and presented in partnership with leading education newspaper Schools Week, The UK's leading parenting community at NetMums and visionary educators Amaya Trust and cultural leaders onedotzero.
Here's a film of the evening - an introduction by Nick Corston of STEAM Co. and summary of the panel debate.
Here's a film of the whole discussion after the screening with our panel that evening:
- Laura McInerney : ‘Policy Nerd’
Editor, Schools Week
- Alison Kriel : Children’s Champion’
Head Teacher, Northwold School/Amaya Trust
- Anne Marie O’Leary : ‘Mum’s mum’
Editor in Chief Netmums
- Dominic Wilcox : 'Inspirator'
Artist and Inventor
- Sophie Walter : ‘Creative Mum’
- John Williams : ‘Innovation Consultant’
- Madeleine Holt : ‘Education Campaigner’
More Than A Score presenter
Here's a podcast of the introduction and whole discussion.
And below, a few photos from the evening.
Below is the official trailer for the movie
Building on great work
Speaking about the event, Nick Corston, co-founder of STEAM Co said:
“Amazing work is being done for our children in our schools across the country by amazing people. These teachers apply their professional skills, dedication and sheer hard work, often in association where possible with their community of carers*, creatives and local and national businesses, via any of the plethora of UK wide organisations from Code Club to Rotary, Saturday Club to STEAM Co.
But the education system they work within was designed over a hundred years ago and a lot has changed. Our children certainly have. This evening gives us a chance to stop and think about it.
To engage and florurish in tomorrow's world, our young people need to be encouraged to create, collaborate and innovate.
In his no 1 TED talk, that has had over 300 million viewings, Sir Ken Robinson who also features in this film, says that "creativity is now as important as literacy". He spoke in a free talk at the BETT education exhibition in London the day after the screening which made this evening the perfect warm up!
I very much emjoyed watching the film with carers, creatives, teachers, headteachers, governors, employers, academics and local government representatives, and hearing what they had to say about the future of education in the UK."
* Carers: people who care for/about children and all our futures. They may be parents, guardians, pre-child, not having children, empty-nesters, creatives, technologists, secondary/higher education students, etc, etc.
STEAM Co. is a non-profit community interest company and covered screening costs through donations for tickets and made tickets available to 'unwaged but engaged' carers.
TYPICAL EVENT Timings
6:30 Arrival and talking to strangers
7:15 Film starts
9:30 Event ends. Disperse to local pub/cafe.
MLTS explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionise teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.
Over a century ago, education underwent a dramatic transformation as the iconic one-room schoolhouse evolved into an effective system that produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th Century. As the world economy shifts and traditional white-collar jobs begin to disappear, that same system remains intact, producing potentially chronic levels of unemployment among graduates in the 21st Century.
The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills.
MLTS points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth – and our nation – as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation and growing levels of income inequality.
We can't think of a better to kick off an evening talking about educating our children for a world that's changed than hearing from someone who left school only a year or so ago and who now runs a multi-million pound engineering business:
Josh Walman - ‘Teenage Entrepreneur’ and CEO, RPD
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, 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 TED 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.”
This film raised many questions and issues. To capture those we welcomed contributions from our audience in a discussion, which were delighted was chaired by the editor of Schools Week newspaper and featured views from across education, industry and community.
Laura McInerney - ‘Policy Nerd’ and Editor, Schools Week
Having taught in East London for six years, Laura is now Editor of leading education newspaper Schools Week and a regular columnist for The Guardian.
She says her main specialism is in “looking carefully at government policies, clearing away the politico-bullcrap and rhetoric, and explaining exactly how they will impact teachers, pupils, parents and the wider school community”.
Alison Kriel - ‘Children’s Champion’ and Head, Northwold School/Amaya Trust
Born in South Africa, as a child Alison attended schools in various African countries, as well as Ireland and England. She has always taught in Hackney schools because she loves the diversity of the community.
She led the Betty Layward School, which was the first primary school to open in the new millennium, as headteacher from a 90 pupil Early Years school to a very popular and successful primary school for 450 pupils. Alison is now very proud to be part of, what she describes as 'a wonderful team of people who, together, have steered Northwold Primary from a failing school to an outstanding school'.
Sophie Walter - ‘Creative Mum’ and MD, onedotzero
As well as juggling a family of two primary age sons, Sophie oversees the cultural leader onedotzero, bringing over 18 years experience in producing online, film, motion graphics, interactive installations, retail environments, exhibitions and various art based installations
She says she has an “obsession for collaboration and innovation across diverse disciplines to foster personal and professional development and has collaborated on work that has won awards from BAFTAs to D&ADs.
John Williams - ‘Innovation Consultant’ and Author, #ScrewWorkBreakFree
If anyone knows how quickly the world of work, business and society is changing it’s John Williams who says he “runs programmes for groups and individuals on how to discover work that feels like play - and then get paid for it”.
His latest book 'Screw Work Break Free: How to launch your own money-making idea in 30 days' was published last summer and fast becoming a bestseller, making him a major UK exporter of creativity, with it currently being translated into Mandarin and other global languages.
Anne Marie O’Leary - ‘Mum’s mum’ and Editor in Chief Netmums
More than just a parenting journalist: as a mum to an early years’ son and daughter, Annie is a fully-fledged member of the mum club herself both at home and at work as the Editor-in-Chief of the UK’s leading parenting website, Netmums.
Her CV bulges with stints across titles as diverse as Pregnancy & birth, Boots Health & Beauty, and regular features in the FT and The Telegraph. When not bending down to pick up Lego, mashing bananas or editing the site visited by 3 out of 4 UK mums, Annie says she can be “found catching up on her sleep”.
Dominic Wilcox - 'Inspirator' and Artist, Designer and Inventor
If one person defines the statement that 'Creativity is GREAT Britain' it's Dominic as the UK Government has produced a poster to prove it, featuring his stained glass driverless car of the future, which has been displayed in the glass case in front of the Design Museum and seen on the Late Show in the USA.
Dominic works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought provoking objects. He is STEAM Co.’s first Inspirator, a creative ambassador dedicated to inspiring children with creativity for whcih he has developed an activity based on his global Little Inventors project.
MadelEine Holt - ’Campaigner’ and representative OF ‘More Than A Score’
A seasoned educational campaigner, MAdeleine helped set up Rescue Our Schools, a parent-led movement which recently became a founding member of the new More than a Score coalition of parents, teachers, academics and mental health experts whose launch film Madeleine presents.
Its aim is to challenge a test-driven curriculum which reduces children to scores, then uses them to judge schools. She also runs the social enterprise Meet the Parents and was previously culture correspondent on Newsnight and has been arts correspondent for the BBC's main TV and radio bulletins.
STEAM Co. is indebted to our all supporters who believe in the power of creativity to engage children, innovate business and connect communities.
We're particularly grateful to our media partners, the leading education newspaper Schools Week and top parenting site Netmums, the Amaya Trust for collaborating with us on this event, onedotzero for spreading the word and the distributors for making the film available to us at a nominal screening fee.