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More Design Camp fun!

We’ve just finished a fabulous half term break where we’ve been designing and making passive amplifiers with a group of 9 to 13 year old students.

We started with a simple brief – I want to hear sound from my tablet/smartphone. We looked at passive amplifiers and how they work – testing a number of shop bought items until we felt we know what we wanted to make. The children then designed their own to work with their phones or tablets. They looked at the speakers on their tech and worked out how they would place the sound channels to make the most of the music they would play.

After working on this for a day it was time to create their designs in three layers of wood. They measured, sawed, cut, stuck, clamped and sanded until they had a speakersthat was just perfect for them.

Our final few hours were spent decorating and polishing so that our finished products looked as good as they sounded!

All in all another great success – 19 very happy pupils with 19 very different passive amplifiers!

Well done to everyone!


October Design Camp is coming


After the success of our fabulous Summer Camp where 15 of your clever children made their own scooter in just 4.5 days we are running a brand new camp in the October half term. Less dangerous but just as much fun Customise Me is all about creating a unique garment or bag in denim. Textiles teacher and fashion stylist Issy has teamed up with designer Becky to make sure the students have a fantastic 3 days and something truly special to show-off on the catwalk and take home.denim rucksack

There’s only room for 15 students so get in touch quickly to secure your place!

Big Structures and Forest Schools

What a great evening we all had last night at the RCA in Kensington Gore. Our CPD session was really well attended. It was heartening to hear from some our our regulars how they have been using new ideas from our last meeting in the classroom and it sounds like lessons have been good fun.

Yesterday we looked in to scaling up and making big structures. Fiona MacDonald showed up how to make giant viewfinders in which the pupils can use themselves as subjects and we learned about a project she ran recently with children at the Olympic Park.

Olivia Woodward came along to share her Forest School ideas with us. She takes groups of 15 or so children into the woods next to her school and they build structures and shelters with any materials they can find. When asked how to check a structure was safe one of her pupils told us about the “kick test”, with an enthusiasm that made us all smile!

We also talked about our new favourite thing – borrowed from our friends Holly May Mahoney and Niall Morahan – a three sectioned board so we can record what we do under the headings -AWESOME IDEAS, EPIC FAILURES, and EPIC QUESTIONS. We love it!