Exploring opportunities for Employer Engagement during Lockdown

We have had to think hard about how we create the usual UTC and Studio experience for students during lockdown. In normal times we would have a different employer in the building, a masterclass, trip or project on the go each day. While we are locked down, we have had the chance to explore some brilliant virtual opportunities that allow us to give students the UTC experience from home.

We have recently invested in STEAM School, created by Jade Parkinson-Hill, former Director of Enterprise at The Studio School. Jade Parkinson-Hill is now an award winning edutech entrepreneur.

Right now, students are completing a range of projects using the online platform “STEAM School”. The projects include “Fashion Futures” which explores how the fashion industry is making use of futuristic technology and trying to save the planet by using sustainable products and manufacturing processes. The students have met designers, entrepreneurs and big brands who have shared a ‘behind the scenes’ look at their fashion future innovations.

Jack in Year 9 says, “I have enjoyed researching and designing products and writing how to make sustainable and eco friendly clothing designs and brands and i also like the astronaut spacesuit task.”

Dr Dyer says, “I have enjoyed seeing the students engage with the fashion futures mission. It has allowed them to learn more about sustainable clothing and the integration of technological advances into clothing. The live broadcasts are very interesting and the range of challenges means there’s something to interest everyone and they allow the students to get creative. The online platform is really well-designed and enables the students to easily access the resources they need to complete the tasks remotely.”

We are looking forward to being back to school and enjoying our projects in person, but this will definitely be a resource we continue to use. We can’t wait to find out more about the next STEAM School mission.

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