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Full STEAM ahead

Students from Ridgeway Academy took part in a pilot scheme, embracing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths). The project brief was to create an ‘Urban City Landscape’, reflecting the heritage of Redditch’s needle industry. The six-week long after school club covered areas such as observational drawing, observing natural and manmade structures, researching the work of artists/architects such as Zaha Hadid and discussing the forces which affect structural properties. For science they researched materials and used LEDs and sensors to light their models.

This venture has been supported by The Ogden Trust, Inkberrow Design Centre and of course the Science, DT and Art departments at Ridgeway Academy.

Students received Bronze Crest Awards and Arts Explorer Awards for the time they have spent developing their models and the ability to communicate science to an audience.

“I liked the LEDs and engineering aspect”
Toby Reading

Wendy Cox, the National Primary Science Consultant for The Ogden Trust (the primary office of the Trust is based at Ridgeway Academy) explains more: "the project has been a great success, with the student’s benefitting from high quality teaching. At The Ogden Trust, we are keen to support initiatives which see science, particularly the physical processes, being developed, leading to a love of the subject. To work closely with CREST and Arts Connect has been a fantastic experience, bringing science and creativity together."

"You got to design and use your imagination, when’s the next club?"
Barney Stewart-Clark

"I enjoyed the research, especially the artist Gaudi. I enjoyed making my model" 
Storm Cox

For more information about STEAM projects or ‘physics’ in primary schools, please contact Wendy Cox: wendy.cox@ogdentrust.com, or visit The Ogden Trust website; www.ogdentrust.com