Kelly Stanford – Ventures into Sci-art

Hello, I’m Kelly Stanford, a 23 year-old Manchester-based artist who likes to explore novel ways of using the visual arts as a form of science communication. My first ventures into sci-art started during my college art studies when there was a resurgence of public interest in scientific projects such as the Large Hadron Collider at [...]

By |2019-01-28T16:49:19+00:00January 25th, 2019|Art, Contributors, Science|0 Comments

Building An Interactive Orchestra Diagram

We continue to work with junior members of the STEAMShip crew to help realise their creative ambitions. This project was a year 8 music homework assignment to create a diagram of an orchestra, showing the various sections - strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. In true STEAMShip style our crew member, Lois, wanted to make something [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:34:59+00:00November 16th, 2018|Art, Projects, Technology|0 Comments

Sciencefest Workshop – Case Study

The Steamship team were recently invited to take part in Combe Down Primary school’s Sciencefest week. The Brief We were asked to deliver a workshop to a class of key stage 2 children on the subject of science and the outdoors! Thinking back through our previous tinkering sessions we remembered a great project on UV [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:36:11+00:00July 1st, 2018|Art, schools, Science, workshops|0 Comments

A Paper Circuits Christmas Card Challenge

  As a seasonal challenge I thought I would try to make a light-up Christmas card. I have documented the entire process and challenges I faced along the way. Why don’t you have a go with some paper circuits? The advantage with using a paper based medium for this project is that it [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:37:01+00:00December 20th, 2017|Art, Projects, Technology|0 Comments

Fun with LED Glowies and Throwies

LED Glowies and Throwies are great little lights which you can use as building blocks for all kinds of STEAM projects. A simple LED Glowie consists of an LED and 1 or 2 cell batteries, taped together. To make one you put the positive wire (longer wire) of the LED on the positive + side [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:37:30+00:00September 20th, 2017|Art, Projects, Technology|0 Comments

Interactive Electro Dough Ice Cream Eating Monster

Electro dough is a great way to introduce lessons on circuits to younger learners. It is such a tactile way to get involved with building and engages the creative mind, placing more emphasis on creative play and hands-on exploration. Another advantage is that is it less fiddly to handle than some traditional electronics components [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:37:57+00:00August 17th, 2017|Art, Projects, Reviews, Technology|0 Comments

Drawbots – prototyping designs for new workshops

Drawbots are always a very popular introduction to robotics workshop idea so we've spent some time recently experimenting with various designs and techniques to extend the drawbot workshops. Our focus was evaluating what materials and construction techniques are appropriate for different age groups and skill levels. We also analysed how much of the building activity [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:39:59+00:00June 13th, 2017|Art, Engineering, Projects, Technology|0 Comments