Working alongside The British Science Association and MerseySTEM, we invited school pupils from Merseyside and Cheshire to engage with four workshops throughout the day, working with a number of artists to explore science through artistic means.
Tying in with our current exhibition unfold, which explores the birth and evolution of stars, the workshops focused on exploring outer space, allowing the pupils to experience the universe through creative use of technology.
Based in FACT’s Media Lab, Minecraft workshops focused on exploring the scale of the universe in order to truly understand the scope of space, and the distance that separates us from the other celestial bodies. This was delivered by artists Ross Dalziel and Radamés Ajna.
Jon Barraclough took over Gallery 1, combining music and drawings by the students to create kaleidoscope projections with the use of a DJ turntable and a round projection screen.
FACTLab, located within Gallery 2, saw David Boultbee delivering a hands-on activity using diodes to create constellations in a cup, as well as using basic materials to create a floating compass.
Louise Dennis from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool also brought along her Lego Rovers; programmable robots used by the pupils to explore the surface of the moon (or in this case, The Box at FACT). The robots’ behaviour could be modified to respond to the environment, and the students had a great time exploring the possibilites of programming these machines.
The events delivered during British Science Week are an extension of FACT’s educational ethos. We strongly believe that creativity can complement the learning experience in schools and provide students with a set of transferable skills useful in all areas of life.
For more information on how to get involved with FACT’s school activities visit the School’s section of our website. Our current exhibition, unfold, is open until 15 June.