On Tuesday 29th January, Bradford College Innovative Technologies Centre launched ‘WOW’ and opened its doors to a ‘World of Wonder’.
The World of Wonder project, funded by Yorkshire Forward, is open to secondary schools in Leeds and Bradford. The project aims to improve and increase the number of learners participating, achieving and progressing in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through new technologies available at the centre.
Michele Sutton, Principal and Chief Executive of Bradford College, launched the event. Guest speakers also included Stella Guy, a member of the Board of Yorkshire Forward and Mr Steve Dale of Education Bradford, both of whom are actively involved with the project. The event concluded with an exhibition of work from schools involved in the project, with children awarded prizes for their efforts.
School children involved in the project engaged in a variety of activities, from creating their own computer game and short 3D film, to learning about animated technologies! They also got the opportunity to operate animation software used by Pixar to create films such as Finding Nemo!
Pupils at Carlton Bolling, Buttershaw, and Morley High Schools, took part in the project when it was piloted last year. They found that activities enhanced the curriculum, making it more relevant, as well as highlighting career opportunities associated with new technologies. Ruth Adams, Head of Skills for Yorkshire Forward, speaking at the event and in support of the project added: “We are delighted to see the vision of a centre of learning for STEM come to fruition in WOW. Delivering attainment of STEM skills through digital and creative products and processes.”
Ruth continued: “Our society today is centred on new technologies such as those within the digital and creative industries - and as such, it is essential that our regions youth learn to adapt to these in addition to improving their STEM knowledge for their future success.”