Busby Primary School STEAM Event
Clarkston , Glasgow
Pupil / Student Body: Busby Primary school, Clarkston, Glasgow
Event Type: Architectural workshop for primary school pupils
Event Date: March 2020
Just before lockdown in March 2020, ECD Senior Architect & Interior Designer Yvonne Roddie was invited to a local primary school as part of their STEAM week events (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) to hold an architectural workshop with 25 children. The aim of the workshop was to introduce primary aged children to architecture, the built environment and the role of an architect.
The workshop commenced with a short presentation which looked at various building forms from past through to present and where ideas for buildings come from, followed by lots of hands - on fun exploring the different characteristics and textures of building material samples. The children were then split into groups and challenged to build towers out of straws and clay, testing each one to see how much weight it could take before it collapsed. We finished off the afternoon with the class designing and creating their own individual house from recycled junk materials.
The children were all super enthusiastic, bursting with creativity and lots of questions. They really enjoyed the workshop and it has apparently inspired a few of them to become architects! Yvonne is looking forward to returning to next year’s STEAM event to assist in raising awareness of architecture in the younger generation.