Date: 26th April 2019
Construction Industry STEAM Day
On Thursday 25th April we ran our first Construction Industry STEAM Day in partnership with Morgan Sindall, K2 Architects, Liverpool John Moores University and Schools Parliament.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths – subjects that can create innovations that can positively design and change the world around us. However, a skills shortage and a reduced school curriculum in these areas has been making it increasingly difficult to recruit the next generation into these roles. The objective of the day was therefore to introduce the students to the wonderful world STEAM.
Nearly 50 Year 8 and 9 students from three schools across Liverpool and Lancashire took part in hands on activities designed to develop their key skills including project management, communication, team work and leadership, as well as technical STEAM skills relating to engineering, architecture, marketing and design.
The day was led by industry professionals, supported by members of the ICE and the Engineering faculty at Liverpool John Moores University. This meant there was plenty of opportunities for the students to receive careers advice and find out how the STEAM lessons they’re covering in school will contribute to their future careers.
The students rotated around five different activities where they interacted with BIM models, value engineered structures, designed LEGO buildings, branded their own products, took part in a panel discussion and constructed a real bridge, which was brought up from North Wales by the ICE.
We are extremely thankful to West Derby School, Upton Hall School FCJ and Darwen High School for participating, and the volunteers at LJMU, Morgan Sindall, K2 Architects, ICE, Schools Parliament and our staff at Curtins for sharing their knowledge and experience with the students.