Brighton Science Festival

A balanced curriculum.

A mobile-making workshop, celebrating the famous 20th century artist Alexander Calder, who invented the mobile in 1931. Calder was trained as an engineer. He would never have invented the mobile otherwise: it deals in balance and moments. So in the classes we discuss balance and moments, then they build mobiles, using the idea of the balancing objects to create original, meaningful works of art (not STEM but STEAM – that’s STEM with added Art). Creations like the ‘Balance of Power’, ‘A Balanced Diet’, the Solar System, a shark chasing a shoal of sardines etc. It’s ‘science by stealth’.