Clara’s dad Andrew Gunn who is a STEAM Centre board member encouraged her endeavours. Her younger brother Charlie got involved too and their characters came to life, all based, except for Tilly, on forest animals. Along the way, they hatched the idea of making them STEAM Centre mascots. What better place for adventure! Andrew also engaged the help of a professional animator who helped define the look of the group. To make them fit right in at the STEAM Centre, their final forms became robotic – and each robot character has something that needs to be fixed.
Says Jessica Moyes, STEAM Centre Executive Director, “A big part of what we do here is encouraging our students to take things apart, to understand how something works and how it might be broken, how they can fix things and put them back together. So that’s definitely woven into the narrative of the characters involved.”
Nine-year-old Clara says that her first character was Aruga. What is he like? Says Clara, “He’s supposed to be the one to lead them. He has GPS to tell everyone where to go.”
T-shirt designs will be introduced via social media throughout February. Proceeds from all sales will support programming at the Centre and by wearing the shirts, everyone can promote St. Thomas as a centre for innovation in STEAM education.
About the STEAM Centre
The mission of the STEAM Centre is to empower all learners and makers in Southwestern Ontario to create the future through play, ingenuity and exploration using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) learning tools. In doing so, the Centre delivers a comprehensive educational model focused on developing the creativity and problem-solving necessary to explore ideas and foster growth. The STEAM Centre is located at 50 Wellington St, St. Thomas. Check out www.steameducation.ca and www.facebook.com/steameducentres.