Students let off steam during special education week

Avonbourne and Harewood College students designing robots with the help of Bournemouth University undergraduates as part of their STEAM week.

Avonbourne and Harewood College students designing robots with the help of Bournemouth University undergraduates as part of their STEAM week.

Students across two Bournemouth colleges were given the opportunity to let off steam during a week dedicated to science, engineering, maths, art and technology.

More than 600 teenagers from both Avonbourne and Harewood colleges took part in ‘STEAM’ week where they extended their learning way beyond the classroom.

The girls and boys were tasked with using their creative skills and to work in teams to tackle a whole range of challenges, from building robots to creating cardboard cities.

CEO of Avonbourne Trust, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “This is the fourth year we have held this week and it is a great way of really focusing on these most important of subjects.

“What the week also achieves is engaging our young people to enjoy and be creative in science, maths, technology and engineering.

“The colleges were a buzz of activity and some of the things they have created and achieved in just a week have been amazing.”

During the week the students went on specially-themed trips and visits, took part in workshops and participated in challenge events with the help of Bournemouth University.

Avonbourne and Harewood College students designing robots with the help of Bournemouth University undergraduates as part of their STEAM week.

Avonbourne and Harewood College students designing robots with the help of Bournemouth University undergraduates as part of their STEAM week.

They have built bridges, navigated obstacle courses, manufactured boats and looked at alternative energy sources.

And they even got to race cars and climb ‘mountains’ when they undertook the equivalent height of Ben Nevis on Harewood’s climbing wall.

Avonbourne and Harewood College students designing robots with the help of Bournemouth University undergraduates as part of their STEAM week.

Teams of students working together to climb the equivalent of Ben Nevis as part of their STEAM week.

Avonbourne Trust’s STEAM lead, Roger Packham, said: “STEAM week has a huge impact on our students and exposes them to the possibilities of a career in the creative industries and engineering and design.

“The week has become a highlight in our Trust calendar with many of our students enjoying such a wonderful range of creative and technical experiences.

“This is something we really value at Avonbourne Trust, both for the insight it gives to our students and the fantastic opportunities it gives us as an organisation to develop links with our local universities and industries.”

 

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