Visit to studio animates young talented pupils
A GROUP of talented school children were given a tour of an Aardman animation studio yesterday as part of a five-year educational programme.
The children – from various schools around Bristol – are on the second year of the Future Brunels programme, which encourages a career in science and engineering.
The programme is organised by the ss Great Britain Trust and supported by the Lloyds Register Educational Trust and the Society of Merchant Venturers.
This year's theme is "the polymath" – combining art with science – and has led the 12 schoolchildren to the base of Bristol's latest blockbuster animation, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists.
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At the studios the group took in a cinema screening, toured the set of Shaun the Sheep and were tutored in the latest technology and computer graphics.
The Future Brunels programme is seen as pioneering and covers science with engineering, education, technology and art over a five year period.
The ss Great Britain Trust's education manager Dr Rachel Roberts said: "The Future Brunels programme is helping to inspire the next generation of Brunels by giving talented schoolchildren truly unique opportunities.
"These include visiting the Aardman studios to see how engineering, science and art are being used together to make television programmes such as Shaun the Sheep."
He added: "We are delighted to be working with Aardman and with the support we have received from funders, especially the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust and the Society of Merchant Venturers."
Aardman's co-Founder and chief executive David Sproxton said: "The day is about how people with a strong science background can belong to a very creative industry.
"It is going to show the children how creativity and art and science and technology are still intertwined in the 21st century – much as they were for Isambard Kingdom Brunel."