STEAM Cleaning Up
Date Created: 5th Jun 2019
To the east of Beachy Head, Britain’s highest chalk sea cliff, sits the seaside town of Eastbourne, East Sussex. With a rich history of both famous art (Claude Debussy, George Orwell, Eric Ravilious) and science (Frederick Soddy, Thomas Henry Huxley, Bruce Woodgate) connections, it provided a fitting location for the birth of a new network seeking to combine the two subject areas, in a curriculum-crossing approach to learning.
Supported by Artswork as part of its mission to increase creative learning opportunities in schools across the South East, the Eastbourne STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Network formed in November 2017. Education, arts and science organisations came together, along with six participating secondary schools from Eastbourne and the surrounding area, to investigate the ways art and science could work simultaneously, in a series of cross-curricular projects. Photography was the tool chosen to communicate learning.
Through combined arts-based and scientific inputs and activities, the programme centred on raising pupil awareness of the need for urgent ecological and environmental change, and to protect the world’s oceans and coastlines from plastic pollution.Download