Bookings open for Mission Mammoth STEAMFest 2024 #Smeaton300

Local primary school and home educated children are invited to take on a MAMMOTH design challenge this summer and to meet a real-life civil engineer as part John Smeaton’s 300th anniversary.

Now an annual Building Plymouth signature event, construction professionals will once again host an imaginary design challenge for a new ‘Mammoth House’ to accommodate and reunite the well-loved Mildred the mammoth who is currently living in The Box, with her mammoth friend George who is coming to live in Plymouth.

Hosted at The Box and Arts University Plymouth, Mission Mammoth STEAMFest is designed to offer the children an exciting experience of hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities. This week long programme aims to inspire the future generation, raise the children’s aspirations and greatly improve their skills and passion for STEAM subjects.

Taking place w/c 1 July 2024, the children’s STEAM skills will be challenged through a variety of workshops and activities covering design, architecture, green skills and sustainability, engineering and surveying; all delivered and supported by industry experts from construction and the built environment, The Box and Arts University Plymouth. After their exciting day at The Box, the children will then be supported back in the classroom by representatives from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who will assist the children in further developing their Mammoth House design ideas ahead of entering a competition to bring their creative ideas to life, followed by an awards ceremony after the summer holidays.

Adding a twist this year to include celebrating John Smeaton’s 300th anniversary, the school groups will also be invited to meet a real-life civil engineer at Smeaton’s Tower during May and June 2024. The aim will be to understand more about the city’s major civil engineering projects past and present, and to learn about careers in civil engineering. This activity will be supported by the Institution of Civil Engineering and the University of Plymouth, and will enable the children to bring their new learning to inform their Mission Mammoth STEAMfest design challenge.

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