We were pleased to be winners of the UCL Engineering Engagement Award. As STEM Ambassadors for London, we are passionate about encouraging young people to consider studying Engineering and related disciplines. The analytical mindset and focus on problem soving is useful regardless of whatever profession you ultimately pursue.
Our workshops with students guide our installations. It's important to create a positive collaborative atmosphere, where students feel confident sharing and critiquing each others ideas. We eschew the traditional unilateral teacher-student dynamic, in favour of a peer-working environment.
We introduce university-level concepts using understandable real-life examples in order to give students a taster of what they can expect in further study. By carefully introducing a range of concepts and ideas in a digestable, relatable way, we aim to empower students with the confidence to pursue further study. The image shows Gam teaching the cost-quality-time triangle from Project Management using an early stage of Berlin Wall as a real-life example.
We center our workshops around the design challenges we are facing as a practice. This workshop focues on how we could Waterproof Rebel Space. Students worked in teams to produce ideas and presented solutions at the end of the session. The best team was awarded a prize.
In the session we helped guide the development of the students ideas. As far as possible we underpin our convrsations with the relevevant academic theory making for a natural, engaging educational experience.