Dover Arts Development worked with a network of schools, led by Astor College, on a STEAM initiative to help facilitate a strong link to develop between the arts and sciences at the participating schools through cross curricular and project based learning, underpinned by the concept of creativity across the curriculum.

The overarching theme was identified as ‘the Universe’ and our STEM partner is the University of Kent. The School of Physical Sciences Astrodome visits schools across Kent seeing an average of 4000 students throughout the academic year. Inside the dome the student demonstrators are able to take the students on a tour of the solar system using the software Stellarium, which is free to download at home, as well as show short animated films from NSC Creative about Alien Life and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. The Astrodome is a free activity for schools to book through the SPS website

The project provided CPD opportunities for teachers, Arts award opportunities for students and resulted in a resource for the schools and teachers to share. The participating schools worked towards achieving Artsmark status

Participating Schools:

  • Astor College
  • St Mary’s CEP, Dover
  • Temple Ewell Primary School
  • St Richards Primary School
  • Goodwin Academy
It’s been a real pleasure working with you all and  I’ve been massively inspired by how you have brought science to life in your classroom for your colleagues and pupils. (Leanne MacDonald, School Liaison Manager, Kent)

Supported with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge

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