Artswork let off some STEAM at STEMFEST 2016

Date Created: 21st Jun 2016

3 young female students posing for a photo with a human biology plastic structure

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In May, Artswork were delighted to have a stand at the STEM Fest event for schools in East Sussex. The day provided an opportunity to share the notion that STEM subjects would benefit greatly from embracing the Arts (and making STEAM!)

The Big Bang is a UK-wide programme led by EngineeringUK, to bring science and engineering to life for young people. The Hastings event hosted a variety of organisations including The Science Museum, Creative Space, People in IT (co-run by Donna Comerford, Artswork’s School Liaison Manager for Kent) and the Army, and was managed by STEMSussex, outreach support department at University of Brighton.

Whilst the Artswork team have developed strong connections with schools in East Sussex through more conventional arts, cultural and heritage sectors, we are keen to extend the potential of our work by looking to involve the STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) and digital sectors more thoroughly as well. STEAM (STEM with added Arts) is increasingly informing our work with schools and so this event was a great opportunity to meet other school subject teachers and potential organisational partners.

Approximately ten schools attended and Jane Dickson, our regional School Liaison Manager, really enjoyed speaking with teachers and students about the potential for developing collaborative and creative approaches to their subjects, Arts Award and Artsmark.

You can find out more about the STEMFEST day here:

Read about the STEAM initiative in issue one (p16) of our South East Schools Arts Paper


South East Bridge STEAM

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