School children participate in Energise

Gifted and Talented students from Our Lady & St. Bede School, Stockton, and Northfield and St. Michaels Secondary Schools, Billingham have taken part in the exiting and innovative Energise Project.

The project has been developed by Tees Valley Arts and NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) with support from Stockton Borough Council’s Secondary Enrichment Consultant, Stella Cutland.

Energise is part of Tees Valley Arts’ and NEPIC’s EASI (Education through the arts in science and industry) programme – exiting and innovative projects which push the boundaries of science and arts collaboration.

Tees Valley Arts’ Education Officer, Tim Coyte commented “These projects address a national need – that there are not enough people going into the science industry. The EASI programme tackles this by engaging students in science through stimulating, enjoyable and meaningful arts projects.”

Energise has enabled Gifted and Talented pupils and delegate teachers to work with artists Andy Comley and Bob Beagrie and industry partners to explore the Fuels of the Future agenda through the arts. This process has encouraged pupils and teachers to discover their own inspiration and creativity to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental issues inherent in the Tees Valley and the wider world. The project has featured site visits with industry partners looking at biofuels and the hydrogen fuel cell giving students an insight into renewable energy solutions that are being developed by the science industry.

The project will culminate in an exhibition of the pupil’s sculptures and a workbook created by pupils as a peer-teaching resource as well as readings of poetry and creative writing created during the project.

The exhibition is due to take place on Tuesday 10th July 2007 from 12.50 pm till 2pm at The Ballroom, Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH.

The workbook will be distributed to secondary schools across the North East region.

TVA is a participatory arts organisation, based in Middlesbrough and working across the Tees Valley, helping people change and improve their lives by taking part in the arts. TVA is a small organisation which makes a big impact in imaginative and unexpected ways.