Adaptation Series - Amazelab
Create Sheffield are delighted that Amazelab have joined their diverse range of Partners, all sharing in the mission to provide all children and young people with access to creative opportunities in Sheffield. As part of our Adaptation Series, we wanted to share with you the great story of how Amazelab was formed.
We are Amazelab, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths) company with the aim of providing engaging opportunities to people via workshops, video link, activity packs, follow along factsheets, and guidance open to all from educational settings to non -school groups and everyone in between. Our aim is to deliver an inspiring, creative take on STEAM subjects, their relevance to everyday life and deliver this in a fun but thought provoking manner.
What inspires us
Providing STEAM based support to a wider network is an idea that has been bubbling under the surface for a while but the abrupt change brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a catalyst to take the plunge and create Amazelab. Watching businesses thrive under the ever-changing circumstances and managing to adapt and innovate inspired us to take the first steps. After providing activities and experiment at home videos to excellent feedback it became apparent that there was an audience for our content. It has been inspiring and rewarding to deliver STEAM activities to those who may not have necessarily engaged in this type of activity before in a fun, stress free and independent manner.
Our hopes and aims
Our hopes and aims of Amazelab are to inspire people to discover, interact, enjoy and take STEAM subjects further with the aim of them taking on STEAM based careers and developing a life-long love of these subjects. With a skills shortage noted in these subject areas now is the time to engage young people to fulfil these roles to benefit everyone in the future. We do not know yet who the next Tim Peake, Rosalind Franklin or David Attenborough will be but it’s exciting to think of the discoveries that will be made in the future, both in our region and beyond. To be able to play a small part in this journey is extremely exciting and fulfilling.
Starting a business during a pandemic
As a science teacher and STEAM ambassador looking for ways of engaging young people in science and STEAM subjects from home during lockdown I didn’t want children to miss out on practical science even though many were not physically in school. Using web-based platforms and social media to deliver content opened up many opportunities to reach a wider audience and enabled us to be much more accessible and expansive. Working from home with my husband (who is a graphic designer), we realised that were able to create a much higher quality of resource, leading to the establishment of Amazelab.
Supporting a recovery curriculum
It would be fantastic to link and support the recovery curriculum. I am hoping we would be able to provide activity packs and boxes that could be sent through the post linking to videos on line to aid people completing the tasks to allow some practical work to take place.
Visit Amazelab's Partner page to read more about their work.