School-children will soon be able to transform and re-invent their playground environments thanks to NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) – the organization that champions UK innovation and creativity. NESTA has invested £200,000 in the development of the Experimental Playground Kit, brainchild of artist organisation, ‘Snug and Outdoor’.
NESTA’s support will enable Snug and Outdoor to develop their kit – a set of flexible building materials – that will give teachers and children the ability to change their playground. They will work in close collaboration with design graduates from the Design Laboratory at Central St Martins College of Arts and Design, as well as teachers from the Institute of Education.
Hattie Coppard, Director of Snug and Outdoor, explains the need for their kit: “Playgrounds are a fantastically important part of schools throughout the country, but for so many, they can be bleak and boring. There’s just too little for the children to do. I find it heart breaking how many schools contact us wanting help with ideas to improve their playground.”
Hannah Daws | alfa
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