KIKS (Kids Inspiring Kids in STEAM) aims to get ‘kids’ developing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) activities for other ‘kids’ in a European physical (in­country local Hothousing workshops) and virtual (working internationally on­line) community. This has two aspects:
  • oSTEAM content and materials per se
  • oAssociated communication, collaboration and dissemination leveraging students’ expertise in social media

To kick off the project...

Hothousing is an intensive workshop technique which can be used in KIKS to foster creative problem solving, communication and collaboration skills and build self-belief - on many projects. It's also...Fun! This version is a variant on a well-established business technique, the key is intensity:
  • Student - led (teachers stand back :-)
  • Working hard - under time pressure
  • Active engagement – actually DOING something, undertaking a project and coming up with THEIR solutions
  • Working with others – 'somebody who actually listens to them'
  • 100% engagement within team
  • Having Fun...


To provide on-going support to the student...

image006.pngStudent Digital Ambassador programme has been developed to harness the energy and enthusiasm of student volunteers in STEM or STEAM projects generally, and also to make effective use the BBC micro:bits across the STEAM subjects:

It provides a golden opportunity for those advising and supporting schools on STEAM to encourage them to participate. Bay House School in Gosport and Park House School in Newbury are already paving the way. Groups of volunteer enthusiasts drawn from Years 8 to 13 are working with their STEAM subject teachers to design cross-curricular STEAM projects using BBC micro:bits for the Year 7 or 8 students who already have them.

Iimage021.pngn the latest activity, Twelve Year 10 students (14-15 year olds) have built their own cars in groups of four students. Five of these students are Student Digital Ambassadors SDAs. They planned and led a one-day workshop for twelve Year 5 students from the nearby Falkland Primary School to build their own cars, again working in groups of four.

They used a Casio high speed camera and tripod to record the runs on video at 210 frames per second. This enabled us to introduce the free Tracker software to the SDAs for video analysis.


Other non-microbit projects can be found in: