First SE Bridge STEAM Teach Meet takes place at Winchester Science Centre

Date Created: 26th Jul 2016

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In early June, the first Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton STEAM Team Meet took place at Winchester Science Centre. 20 teachers, STEM Ambassadors, and Theatre Education and Museum Officers came together to share their ideas for ways to include the Arts in the STEM agenda (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The meet-up was arranged in response to an article published in an issue of Artswork’s South East Schools Arts Paper last November. Bridgemary School in Gosport were keen to develop a STEAM-based programme around Harry Potter, for their Year 7 pupils, so contacted Artswork’s School Liaison Manager and Emily Thorpe Smith at Winchester Science Centre. The result of conversations between the three organisations led to a meeting in the first STEAM Teach Meet was devised.

The session itself was kept short and pacey, beginning with a group-painting task led by Mal Phillips, a Chemical Engineer, artist and STEM Ambassador. The imagery used was linked with photographs taken by the physicist Brian Cox, and generated much excitement as attendees each took turns at the task.

“During the painting task, we discussed using similar approaches to introduce scientific concepts to arts teaching, with teachers from both disciplines working together.” (Lorraine Cheshire, School Liaison Manager, Artswork)

Emma Cairns presented the processes and objectives of Bridgemary’s highly successful Harry Potter-themed STEAM programme. She shared some of the evaluated outcomes; clearly showing the positive impact the work had had on maths and literacy attainment levels, as well as improvements in the attitude and behaviour of a number of pupils.

The session wrapped up with a short briefing on both Arts Award and the CREST Award, both of which have many similarities, followed by a discussion on how these might be incorporated into future STEAM initiatives.

“There was so much enthusiasm amongst the group and a real willingness to learn from the approaches that different disciplines might take. The group are interested in developing a network to cultivate new resources for STEAM programmes and to pilot them in schools.” (Lorraine Cheshire, Artswork)

The group plan to meet again at the end of September at a Twilight Session, and will be publishing the date as soon as it is confirmed.

If you would like to find out more about STEAM and the possibilities the approach opens up for arts and education working in partnership, please contact for further details.


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