A piece on the Radio 4's flagship show Front Row caught our ear a few weeks ago... sculpture... submarines made of old tyres... steam locomotives made of bricks... industry... engineering... stories of childhood growing up among factories, coal mines, docks... 20 tons of newspapers?
How a bit of Blue Sky Thinking and a blog by the government minister responsible for creative industries and the digital economy, inspired some doing - a regional event to launch STEAM Co. across Shropshire.
An event to celebrate creativity and how it can engage children, innovate business and connect communities as we move into the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' where creativity and tech literacy will be essential for our children to thrive.
And 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.
The event will be relevant for carers like parents, teachers, creatives, engineers and employers.
It will aim to inspire these communities to go away and run STEAM Co. Days in Primary schools across the county and beyond.
Do see our launch trailer film,
We really enjoyed the eagerly anticipated Christmas Lectures, presented on the BBC from the Royal Institution for 20 years now.
They were particularly special for us at STEAM Co, coming from the very stage that we relaunched STEAM Co. on 3 years ago and focusing on energy and electricity, a large part of our science work with STEAM Co. especially this year as we will be working with schools and businesses in the Hull and Bridlington area, the centre of the UK's renewables industry which is calling out for STEAM skills.
A write up of BT's launch of their #TechLiteracy initiative and research that commissioned with Ipsos Mori which showed that 78% of teachers believe that #TechLiteracy is vital for the people’s futures.
lso a look at the role 'grown ups' and children alike can play in educating and supporting their school communities and beyond through initiatives like Digital Leaders.
After running our 'Rocket Kids' STEAM Co. Sampler show around the UK based on on Homer Hickam's best selling book and film, teachers kept saying something to us: that their children were being engaged and reconnecting with the curriculum.
But then someone else told us that engagement isn't learning . Is it?