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?
A most inspiring evening with Grayson Perry at St Martin's discussing gender and the power of art to connect.
Art means many things to many people and it's a key ingredient in the STEAM acronym for us, being key to the creativity we feel is key to inspiring our children as well as innovating business and connecting communities.
We felt the need to declare our love for art and its power to connect, so we looked for other @People4Art
A blog prompted by comments by leading children's author and educational consultant, Alan Gibbons on the subject of engaging older members of the community in schools at the 'Stand Up For Education' conference.
Alan made a short film sharing his thoughts and experiences on this subject which coincided with a a project by Nesta and the Cabinet Office to engage over 50's in community projects.
We recently published 5,000 copies of a newspaper to showcase Blue Sky Doing at our event with Barclays that included articles and features on what we've been up to in the last few months, as well as a write up on the Inventors! STEAM Co. Day in Sunderland and information on our Pop-Up STEAM Co. Days.
How an event 2 years ago saw the birth of STEAM Co. and inspired a community in Bath to STEAM power their community.
How a film and article in the Daily Telegraph reminded us about the S in STEAM with a conversation between Prof Robert Winston and Dr Patrick Vallance of GSK where they discussed the ‘pressing need to raise awareness among young people of the importance and value of science’.
To us Tesla is the epitome of a STEAM powered company that combines art and science in the second industrial revolution we are now living through.
And Musk's 20 minute performance to launch the Model 3, the third phase of their 'Top Secret Plan' was one of the most inspiring, engaging and informative lessons any child, parent, student, professor or business person could ever wish for combining history, environment, technology, design and innovation.
We've edited a 30 second film of the full 25 minute talk, which is also here. Enjoy.
That was the title of a provocative, yet highly thought provoking and necessary lecture given at Cardiff University by Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta recently. We're working with useful Universities from Cambridge to Warwick
Birmingham seems to have come up from nowhere in the last week or so in STEAM bulletins with two major STEAM happenings this week alone.
In one we popped up to the Big Bang Fair at the NEC to see if they spell STEM with an 'A'.
The film below shows a few highlights of the day including an X-Box Kinect-powered sandpit, the BBC Micro:bit, a bike powered drawing machine and salt powered cars!
“Bankers have traditionally been at the heart of the community, supporting people with their finances, and helping local businesses to grow" : Ashok Vaswani, CEO Barclays UK at the opening of their Eagle Lab Maker Space in Brighton.
Read about the amazing work that Barclays are doing in the community.
On BBC Micro:bit being for everyone, connecting the unconnected, talk by world famous inventor and why we spell STEM with an A.
Well the BBC had to start somewhere and by giving every Year 7 child in the UK one of their micro:bit computer devices they're sure to start another revolution.
But what about primary children?
We've gone all 'Particularly proud to be British' this week as Designer, Inventor and STEAM Co. Inspirator Dominic Wilcox flies out to New York to appear on the Stephen Colbert Late Show (nee David Letterman's) to showcase UK Creativity.
Seth Godin says: "Art is what we call it when what we do might connect people". We are all artists. There is something for everyone to help on before and on a STEAM Co. Day.
Do you care. Will you help us somehow to make #INSPIRANATION happen. Can you pop down on the day and roll your sleeves up and/or contirute to our Kickstarter campaign to put some icing on the cake we've baked?
One of the most significant aspects of our upcoming event, #INSPIRANATION at The Sunday Times Festival of Education is the support we've had from the business community and companies like Barclays, BMW, Dell, Google and National Grid. We're particularly looking forward to a short talk from Dame Julia Cleverdon, Vice President of Business in the Community.