A packed Guildhall in Derry heard from some of the leading voices in education as the Future Classrooms Conference explored the potential of new technologies and digital media in the classroom.
Organised by the Nerve Centre in partnership with the AmmA and Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centres, the Future Classrooms Conference explored the idea of creating ‘STEAM’ in the classroom and how art and digital creativity are used to enhance the core ‘STEM’ subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Delivering this year’s key note address, Babette Allina, Research Policy Expert at the Rhode Island School of Design, spoke about how her experience of integrating ‘STEAM’ into the American education system.
“We started with a ground up approach and were blown away by the response we
got,” she said. “The more involved we became in the process, the more we saw how important ‘STEAM’ could be and how it could impact on students’ lives.”
The day-long conference saw up to 200 teachers and education professionals from across the country hear about the latest advancements in education from world-renowned keynote speakers.
They also got to grips with a range of technologies including 3D printing, teaching with iPads and programming and game making.
Throughout the day, the Nerve Centre’s Fab Lab team was one hand to show recent advancements in 3D printing and how it can be incorporated within the curriculum.