S.T.E.A.Ming Ahead!

February 1, 2016 | Facilitation Techniques, Latest News, Projects, Young People | 0 comments | Author:

Over the last 6 months we’ve been developing a partnership with new social enterprise – Wigan S.T.E.A.M. Wigan S.T.E.A.M provides learning opportunities, enriching social spaces, and collaborative working environments that children, young people and adults can test out new ideas and play in. Through using the Arts as a vehicle into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, the project is keen to engage people in activities that can support them into employment and provide them with the skills, knowledge and creative resilience that they require to thrive in the digital world. Check out the video below to find out more…

This way of providing learning opportunities is underpinned by the 7 C’s of learning developed by Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas – confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship – which is something we started experimenting in last year with our ‘Did Curiosity REALLY Kill The Cat? workshop, as part of Go Fest 2015. With Wigan S.T.E.A.M we will be testing out some of the facilitation and learning concepts associated with the 7 C’s at Techathons, Film Festivals, Inter-generational Learning Events and CPD sessions throughout 2016… but we’ve already made a start!

With the S.T.E.A.M team we’ve been working with a fabulous group of young people – the S.T.E.A.M Ambassadors – to develop both their digital capacities and their creative resilience skills through a range of media-making activities. We started at S.T.E.A.MFest 2015, and challenged the young people to produce a website, promo video and promotional literature designs over 12-hours across 3-days. As Emily explains in her blog post, this task was daunting, but with perseverance came self-belief… and with this came some great results. Just take a look at the project’s website that was created by the S.T.E.A.M Ambassadors if you don’t believe us!

Part of this process is accepting that failure is a part of the learning process. When working with children and young people, we’ve become increasingly aware of how much they are afraid to try something new in case they ‘get it wrong’ or it ‘doesn’t work’. What we are asking of the young folk we work with and the S.T.E.A.M Ambassadors is to let go of the idea that everything has to be perfect, and that you have to ‘get it right’. Sometimes there is no right way, and sometimes you have to mess things up a bit to figure out the ‘right way’… it’s all part of learning.

We’re doing our best to work this mindset into all of our workshops… not only those aimed at children and young people… but all ages. And as a group of self-confessed perfectionists, the team at wehearttech C.I.C. are also going to embrace failure… occasionally… or as we like to call it ‘testing something out!’.

Tell us what you think… What ‘fails’ have led to successes? How do you embrace challenges in your development and learning?


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