Members of the Science and Technology Saturday Club presented the nutrition apps they had developed in just 16 weeks. The children involved had conducted their own research, collected data and been involved in the design and build of the app.
One of the apps built was called ‘Nutrition4U’, speaking about their experience making the app, one of the team said: “Developing ‘Nutrition4You’ gave us an opportunity to share our ideas and work as a team.”
In the Arts and Design Saturday Club, the club members created a showreel of the animation work they had made during the programme. The had been taught to use techniques such as drawn animation, motion graphics, green screen, animated self-portraits, object animation, cut-outs and storyboarding. The students were given the chance to use state-of-the-art equipment and software, including Blackmagic 4K and DSLR cameras.
As part of the clubs, both groups were given masterclasses by industry professionals. The Science and Technology club visited Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium where they were taught about Arsenal FC’s fitness and nutrition programme and were given a tour of the stadium. The Art and Design students were given a masterclass by animator and illustrator Lynne Pritchard.
Students from the Art and Design Saturday Club were introduced to current University of Westminster students from the Animation BA Honours course who offered the young people advice on their developing projects. Science and Technology club students received the British Science Association’s CREST Bronze Award - and some will continue on to get the CREST Silver Award.
The National Art & Design Saturday Club was created by John and Frances Sorrell in 2009. Over the last seven years it has grown to include Science & Technology and Fashion & Business Saturday Clubs and is hosted in 48 locations nationwide.
Lady Sorrell is the Chancellor of the University of Westminster, speaking about the exhibition she said: “I am absolutely delighted that the University of Westminster started two Saturday Clubs this year as part of the National Saturday Club movement.
“I met all the participants over the weekend with some of their parents at the Summer Show, they had clearly enjoyed and benefited from all they had learnt at the University. Some parents commented on the improvement in their child's confidence and enthusiasm for what they had learnt both from the tutors and from the student assistants.”