On Tuesday February 6th, the Designing for STEM organisers ran a pilot workshop in the NIMBUS Center with Fourth Year Creative Digital Media students in preparation for the release of their project into secondary schools. The Designing for STEM project is a project funded by the UMI Project, an organisation dedicated to encouraging and enhancing the attractiveness of the studying of STEM subjects.
The workshop uses ideation and design techniques in order to solve real world STEM issues, such as energy saving etc. Students attending the workshop were provided with crafting materials, such as pens, popsicle sticks, cardboard etc and asked to build an object that could help solve a real world problem; such as building an object for a smart garden to limit water waste. They were also required to design a poster and a logo, which were presented with the final project at the end of the session. Both students and facilitators found the workshop to be a success and alterations are now being made to improve the experience before it is brought into the schools in a few weeks.
If you would like to get involved in the workshops, or bring one into your school, please get into contact on Facebook (@Designing For STEM), Twitter (@Designing4STEM) or email firstname.lastname@example.org