Wigan STEAM is a project which uses arts and creativity to engage children, families and the wider community in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through participation in creative activity. An important part of their engagement work is to offer work experience opportunities to young people in front of house, programming or support roles.
Building on their experience in facilitating community art events, they originally applied to Film Hub NWC’s Propeller Scheme for support to screen a series of films as part of their Japanese themed festival. Following on the success of the film screenings they have now been awarded Open Call funding for their Science Fiction and the Fact project.
The project aims to screen a monthly film series that will be open to the whole community but aimed predominantly at young people from hard to reach groups. They will screen predominantly British made films with a STEM theme. The films will be selected by the audience in the run up to the screenings from a list of films with a specific theme:
- Science fiction or science fact
- Future or contemporary technology
- Fantastical or realistic feats of engineering
- Maths as a creative tool
The film screenings will be preceded with an informal gathering featuring a presentation or workshop with a STEM ambassador on the ‘fact behind the fiction’.
For more information visit: www.wigansteam.co.uk
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