We recently ran workshops as part of the first ever SmartSTEM’s event held at Glasgow Caledonian University. Organised by Seric Systems in partnership with Beyonder and Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the aim of the conference was to inspire young women to take on STEM careers. It was a fun filled and busy day with workshops and stalls from organisations such as the Navy, Cisco and JP Morgan, with over 500 girls aged 12-18 took part.
Orkidstudio ran three workshops with students from Hillhead Primary, St Ninians High School, Paisley Grammar School and St Saviors Primary. The workshops aimed to give the students a general understanding of the principles of architecture and construction as well as increase their creative confidence.
We began with a name game, finding out an interesting fact about each student. This led on to an introduction into how we got into the architecture profession, as well the work of Orkidstudio and the importance of shelter.
Then the Shelter Challenge began. The girls were split into small groups and challenged to build a shelter big enough to fit two members of their team in 30 minutes, using only the Royclo Straws and connectors. They also had to name their team and design a flag to go on their structure.
The straws were a huge hit! It was fantastic to see the girls working together to design and build their structure. It was a process of learning by making and they very quickly picked up an understanding of what was needed to make the structure work.
The shelters they assembled and team names were brilliantly varied and creative. From structures where two people could sit, stand or lie down to structures big enough to fit the entire team. We finished with a countdown to take apart the construction!
Thanks to Jen for her help on the day and Seric Systems for brilliantly organizing the event and sourcing the materials from Educational Advantage. Seric Systems have kindly donated the Royclo Straws to the children of our upcoming Bomnong L’or Project in Cambodia. We’re sure they’ll be a huge success again!
Here’s some feedback from the students and teachers;
“It was a really fun insight into architecture” Student, Paisley Grammar.
“This was really fun and a great opportunity to work with other children I don’t normally work with! Thank you!” student, Hillhead Primary school.
“My favourite part was seeing the pupils work as a team” Teacher, Paisley Grammar.