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We are taking the Common Room into (and out of) the classroom exploring themes of innovation, altruism and economics.
We will draw on our heritage, making links with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to inspire the engineers of the future. Our Children of the Revolution Programme, which focusses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is fully funded thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players.
Did you know that children start thinking about their aspirations at the age of 4? Our Pre-school workshops will bring STEM to life, giving families and children the opportunity to learn and play, exploring the world of engineering.
The Common Room schools workshops are designed with the National Curriculum in mind. Our current workshops are:
'Northern Aspirations' - exploring the STEM skills of the region's greatest engineers and inviting students to solve real world problems using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
'What's Beneath Our Feet?' - using scientific skills to explore energy from coal, the layers underneath our feet, geology and the movement from fossil fuels into clean energy. Our linked video series is perfect for children to explore rocks and fossils from home.
The Common Room has developed an Apprentice Heritage Enrichment module which uses materials from our archive of industrial heritage, to enrich their current learning experience and instil pride in North East engineering. Through practical engineering challenges, apprentices will develop their engineering skills and gain an appreciation of the significance of our region's heritage.
Our Youth Board, who are aged between 20 and 30, bring expertise in fields ranging from digital construction to marketing and education. These board members play a crucial role in influencing the content and delivery of The Common Room's core programme. We will harness their passions, experiences and options to inform the future of The Common Room.
"The workshops, which were delivered to Year 1-6 children, were brilliant as they introduced the children to the history of mining and they were cross curricular. They really enjoyed learning about mining and the engineers that helped to shape our world. The children were also given the opportunity to think about goals for the future, not only for themselves but for the world that they live in.”
Hannah Osueke, Science and STEAM Leader, Science Teacher of the Year Award Winner 2017-18
“Children of the Revolution uses the past to evoke inner entitlement in children that they are in a region that has (and still does) give birth to brilliant inventors and innovators"
Emma Garrick, Futures Consultancy
“Skills shortages are at a critical point for the region’s engineering sector. Working with The Common Room to delve deep into our industrial heritage through this bespoke engineering heritage enrichment module, we can instil pride in our young engineering apprentices and broaden their awareness of why the North East was and continues to be a centre of excellence in engineering.”
Paul Robson, Chairman NA College