Digital skills will underpin many jobs in the future – and Maker Lab in a Box helps young people build those skills in the classroom. The creative problem-solving project is run in schools and it provides opportunities for young people to design, create and evaluate their own projects, guided by local experts and businesses.
The design-make-evaluate process encourages pupils to learn independently, and we supply the knowledge, expertise and materials needed to run the sessions. From making their own films to making and decorating furniture for the school art room, pupils across Bristol are learning how to use technology to improve their environment and build new skills.
We offer six-week modules, single sessions and teacher training days. They are all designed to complement the National Curriculum and provide an engaging learning experience. Our courses include:
You can see some of the work made by pupils during the last school year in the gallery below.
If you’d like to know more or run a programme in your school, please get in touch. You can read the full brochure here.
Earlier this term, pupils from Four Acres Primary School created new signage for their school as part of their “community theme” for their arts show using a range of digital manufacturing.
The children visited KWMC: The Factory and saw how laser cutters and CNC machines are used to shape wood, card and acrylic. The group designed signs for each class, drawing designs first on paper then transferring them into a digital design programme. Each pupil received a personalised keyring and had the chance to visit other creative businesses at the Business Park before returning to school.
The students that are part of the SS Great Britain Trust’s “Future Brunels” programme visited us at KWMC: The Factory as part of their third year which is based around a “magician theme”. They spent the first part of the session understanding the magic behind the CNC machine, laser cutter and 3D printer before embarking on their own design project.
The students used pen and paper to draw out a design that they would like to convert on to wood for a fridge magnet. They then used software such as Photoshop and InDesign to get their designs ready for the laser cutter, before using the laser cutter to create their final product.
The SS Great Britain Trust’s ‘Future Brunels’ initiative is a five-year rolling programme that has 3 pupils from 4 different schools including; Merchants’ Academy, Redland Green School, Bedminster Down School and Cotham School.
In November 2015 we worked with the Bedminster Town Team and artist Russ Henry of Hot Soup House to bring some locally made magic to the streets. The Elf Takeover will see 100 elves hidden in windows, trees and around the streets for people to find, and our digital manufacturing space became a Santa’s workshop for a few weeks as we cut and sanded them.
Our team supported two Year One classes from St Peter’s CofE Primary School in Bishopsworth to design and decorate 60 elves and the children learned about the manufacturing process.