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Flow Challenge Exhibition

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Flow Challenge Exhibition

Tuesday 1 March 2011, 18:00

Gallery North
Sandyford Rd
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear
0191 227 3105



As part of the FLOW project, the team have collaborated with the The Climate Change Schools Project (CCSP) to devise a design challenge for schools involved in the programme.

Each participating school assembled a ‘Working Group’ of Key Stage 4 students and supporting staff who attended a workshop at the Science Learning Centre North East, Durham in September 2010. This workshop consisted of a series of micro-challenges and discussions on the theme of invention, environment and technology, designed to initiate the creative process, and prepare the schools to respond to a final challenge:

“Design a contraption that responds to the River Tyne and its environment. A machine is a device that uses energy to perform some activity, normally to assist in performing any type of work, but a contraption, is an especially odd or strange machine, often unnecessarily complicated or elaborate.”

Each school then developed their proposal, thinking about how mechanical or electronic sensors can respond to the environmental activity, detecting variables such as water flow, pollution or water quality etc.

The work in this exhibition demonstrates how each school has responded to the brief, and reflects how the participants brought their own specialist knowledge, interests, and creativity to the project.

The four schools who have taken part in The FLOW Challenge are:
Bydales School, Redcar
Kenton School, Newcastle upon Tyne
King Edward VI School, Morpeth
St Hild’s School, Hartlepool