Press release: Full STEAM ahead for new Cumbria education trail

first_imgThe STEAM trail (which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths) is at Westlakes Science Park, near Whitehaven, Cumbria.It will give Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils (7-13 years) the chance to learn increase their skills in a fun, outdoor environment.Children from Valley Primary School, Whitehaven, were the first to roadtest the trail at an opening event last week.Stuart McCourt, Sellafield Ltd’s education, community, and development lead, said: The trail is both physical and digital, with children able to walk around it and use a complementary app. The app was designed by students at Lakes College, in Workington.Sellafield Ltd has funded tablets which will be used to access the digital experience.The trail is curriculum focused and features knowledge boards on topics ranging from photography to solar energy,The aim is to increase children’s understanding of how STEAM underpin our daily lives.It was designed by Design Code working with Rachel Suddart. Uniquely, it inserts arts subjects into the traditional STEM agenda.Michael Pemberton, chief executive of NEC, the owner of Westlakes, said: Adam Phillips, energy and community officer at BEC said: We have fantastic surroundings at Westlakes. We’ve always been keen to make more of the paths and trails in the grounds with art installations. We believe the next generation of scientists and engineers will need creativity and artistic understanding to solve the challenges of tomorrow’s world. The trail has been supported by the University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Jacobs, and the Primary Business Partnership. The addition of an interactive app has resulted in a user-friendly experience for students to explore and enjoy. We have linked the content to the age-specific curriculum so lots of it should already be familiar to many young people and the app includes questions that help them engage further. We wanted to help create a unique and inspiring trail for primary school students. It will complement their school work by learning through real world examples. Westlakes is the perfect environment; it’s home to an inspiring mix of organisations who work with cutting edge technology and are surrounded by a stunning natural environment.last_img read more