The Thanet STEAM Festival

18th July 2018

On Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th July students from schools around Thanet joined in and took part in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Maths festival. The festival was a collaboration between the Turner contemporary, Dreamland, Quex Park, Artswork, and Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School. This was the second annual Thanet STEAM Network’s two-day STEAM festival. Over the two days, sixth form art leaders from Chatham & Clarendon Grammar school led coding, dance, and 3D printing workshops for primary school students at Dreamland and The Turner Contemporary.

The primary school students got hands-on with the claws of a lion, chomped down knowledge with an alligator’s maw, and locked horns with an Ibex skull at the predator and prey 3D printing workshop at The Turner Contemporary. They then got to make their own animals with 3D pens, and design their own animals at the drawing station for the 3D printing competition.

A handling activity, contributed by Quex Park, volunteers allowed kids to get a unique up close and personal experience with real animal skulls from the museum’s collection.

Up in the educational suit at the Turner Contemporary in the dance studio, students were given the chance to enact their favourite animal scenes and take a look into the lives of animals around the globe inspired by The Turner Contemporary’s Animals and Us exhibition they visited.

Over at Dreamland students took part in a variety of workshops centred around roller-coasters design and forces, along with a crash course on coding from the Dreamland Team and CCGS sixth formers before enjoying the rides in the park.

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