UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK March to October 2022
UNBOXED PUTS CREATIVITY AT THE HEART OF UK-WIDE LEARNING PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO INSPIRE MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Millions of young people across the UK are set to benefit from a unique schools’ programme that puts creativity and collaboration at the heart of learning based on real-world examples.
UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is launching the programme designed to inspire young people, aged 4 to 19, with its creative projects showcasing collaborations across science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
The UNBOXED projects involve hundreds of events and activities across the UK and online, and cover a range of ideas, including space and science, the environment, growing and sustainability, and history and community. From a bio-diverse forest in a city centre to a North Sea offshore platform transformed into a giant artwork, schools can experience first-hand these creative successes when engineering and design, scientific research and technological innovation, including AR and artistic work, come together.
Designed by educators, teachers, technicians and artists with a wealth of experience in STEAM, this free learning programme from UNBOXED includes engaging and fun lesson plans, worksheets and presentations to stimulate young people’s creative thinking, encourage global citizenship and develop the skills they will need for the future of work. The resources are aligned to the curriculum across all home nations and suitable for enrichment and personal development. The programme is entirely flexible and offers a complete blend of class-based, online, real-world and location-based learning.
Resources currently available are linked to About Us, an immersive journey through 13.8 billion years of our history from the Big Bang to the present day; Our Place in Space, designed by renowned artist and writer Oliver Jeffers, which recreates the solar system as a 10-kilometre trail here on earth and Dreamachine, an artwork you ‘see’ with your eyes closed, which explores the human mind, as part of a massive research project into human perception.
Future resources will be based on StoryTrails, one of the biggest people’s history projects ever undertaken; Dandelion, a Scotland-wide growing project that reimagines the harvest festival for the 21st century; Green Space Dark Skies, which considers the environment and the UK’s beautiful landscapes; PoliNations, which is inspired by the fact that almost 80 per cent of the UK’s plant life originates from overseas; GALWAD: A story from our future, which projects the population into 2052, and SEE MONSTER, a feat of engineering and design that transforms a decommissioned off-shore North Sea platform into a space to playfully explore reflect the great British weather, reuse and sustainability.
According to a recent report from the Policy & Evidence Centre1 ”The promotion of creativity in educational settings can help young people build entrepreneurial skills and improve their future employability”. The UNBOXED Learning Programme recognises the importance for teachers to provide future skills-based and real-world learning to the classroom and seeks to reinvigorate creativity in every classroom in the UK. It believes creativity – our creativity – has the power to change the world.
Bhav Patel, Year 5 Teacher at West Hill Primary School, Staffordshire, said: “The resources we had from About Us were brilliant. They give children the ability to combine their creativity and science knowledge, through writing a poem based on space. It was so popular we had children asking to stay in rather than go out and play. The free resources are perfect for any teacher to just pick up and build into their lesson planning to increase engagement in the classroom and provide an exciting learning experience.”
Priya Lakhani OBE, Board Member of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK and Founder of CENTURY Tech, an artificial intelligence education company that develops tools for schools, said: “UNBOXED is exploring creativity and collaboration across STEAM subjects, which is becoming increasingly important for people entering the world of work. As we emerge from the lockdown, the UNBOXED Learning Programme immerses young people in real-world examples of creativity, showcasing STEAM in action through an exciting programme of experiential projects across the four nations. As well as stimulating young minds, teachers will find it a useful addition to their curriculum activity.”
UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is the biggest and most ambitious creative programme ever presented on these shores. It is funded and supported by the four governments of the UK, and is co-commissioned with Belfast City Council, EventScotland and Creative Wales.
Explore the free resources and join the UNBOXED Learning Programme today: unboxed2022.uk/learning-programme
UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK
1 March to 2 October 2022
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About the UNBOXED Learning Programme:
UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK – the most ambitious celebration of creativity ever presented on these shores – offers a Learning Programme for every teacher and young person in the UK to champion creativity and support cross-curricular education.
The once-in-a-lifetime celebration of awe-inspiring events will be on TV, radio and online and in towns, cities and mountain tops from the Outer Hebrides to Dover and from Omagh to Swansea, between March and October 2022.
The unforgettable experiences have been shaped across science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) by brilliant minds working in unexpected collaborations. Funded by all four UK governments and co-commissioned with Belfast City Council, EventScotland and Creative Wales, they are entirely free and open to everyone.
UNBOXED also has a Learning Programme specifically for teachers and educators in a variety of settings. Young people aged between 4 and 19 are invited to take part in workshops, learn in the classroom and play a role in bringing some of the astonishing projects to life.
UNBOXED experiences, designed to inspire active, curious engagement in creative learning and development, include following a trail of our solar system, being immersed in the workings of the human mind and visiting an offshore platform that’s been transformed into a giant artwork celebrating the great British weather.
The Learning Programme has been designed by educators, teachers, technicians and artists with a wealth of experience in STEAM to meet the needs of the learner in the curricula of all four UK nations.
The lesson plans, opportunities and immersive experiences can be used flexibly to align with year group and subject specific objectives. They also offer insight into career pathways and develop creative and collaborative skills to help forge more positive futures for people and planet.
About UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK
UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022, designed to reach millions and bring people together. It features free large-scale events, installations, and globally accessible digital experiences in the UK’s most ambitious showcase of creative collaboration. Produced by some of the brightest minds in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, UNBOXED features ten major multi-site and digital creative projects that share new ideas and possibilities for the future. Events and activities take place from 1 March to 2 October 2022 – from the Outer Hebrides to Dover and from Omagh to Swansea, and across traditional and online media. UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is funded and supported by the four governments of the UK and is commissioned and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council, Creative Wales, and EventScotland. Unboxed2022.uk
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