STEM to STEAM: Breaking the Code
Date Created: 4th Jun 2019
In March 2017, six schools from the South Oxfordshire Schools Partnership embarked on a mission to embed the Arts into a STEM-dominated curriculum. The central theme was ‘Breaking the Code’, inspired by the work of Alan Turing and Bletchley Park. Participating schools explored “a fusion of Arts and STEM subjects to create their own response” (South Oxfordshire Schools Partnership), which schools reported as leading to a diverse range of areas explored. Across the course of a year, over 700 students worked on STEAM-inspired projects. Schools took several different routes, including visits to Bletchley park, the exploration of DNA and the work of Rosalind Franklin, a study on synaesthesia, as well as ideas around genetic modification, mutation and the concept of ‘designer babies’.