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Through our Love plays programme, students in UK primary and secondary schools design and develop play areas which are later built in disadvantaged communities. The programme is implemented during workshops that typically last 1 hr 15 minutes. The workshops are lead by STEM ambassadors and volunteering professionals.  The primary school program concludes with a presentation by the pupils to a panel, after which the design is passed on to the secondary school stage. Schools based in the community the play area is being built also engage in the design process through workshops,

Through the Dream Networks design workshops, children as young as 8 are able to interact with and learn from their global neighbour, develop much need Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills though practically engaging in creative and digital engineering design process, contribute to international development challenges, implement solutions that consider the sustainable use of resources and gain confidence through presenting their designs through a variety of media.

Dream Networks is recognised as a friend of Eco-schools initiative and partners with STEMNet within the UK.


Key Learning Themes

  • Applied Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
  • Industrial design and engineering experience in sustainable context.
  • Appreciation and understanding of global sustainability issues
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Team work and communication
  • Global citizenship through collaborative design and sharing of cultural experiences

Key Learning Principles

  • Design for use and manufacture e.g. Material costs, manufacturing techniques, ergonomics
  • Communication with local and international customers
  • Sustainable design to address global challenges
  • Knowledge transfer of global manufacturing methods and resource
  • Use of engineering industry methodology and tools
  • Design for culture and social requirements
  • Applied science and mathematics for design analysis
  • Use of accessible computer aided design analysis such as Autodesk
  • 2D and 3D design development.

Love Plays Science Captial Dimensions

  • Knowledge about the transferability of science skills
  • Knowing people in science-related jobs
  • Talking to others about science in everyday life & encouragement
  • Scientific literacy
  • Science-related attitudes, values and dispositions
  • Participation in out of school science learning contexts
  • Science media consumption

I love the love plays engineering club because I learn how to be an engineer using sustainable methods

Greenfield E-Act Primary school child, aged 9

Love Plays really engaged children in our school, who ordinarily have a low career expectation.  This engaging workshop allowed the children to be part of a process helping children in another country.  Many children have not left the city they were born in so this was a fantastic opportunity for them to embrace their global citizenship.  What was even more amazing is that the children were able to pitch their ideas (for many this was daunting) to engineers and then see their plans be built.  This workshop allows children whatever their ability to engage in the practical nature of many of the subjects they are taught and really allow them to work out of their comfort zone.  I would highly recommend this project.

Rebekah Millward

Science Co-ordinator , Greenfield E-ACT Academy

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