LEGO studio to build new ways of learning


15 April 2019

BSDC, supported by BE Together, is bringing an innovative and creative approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) subjects with the launch of a new LEGO Education Innovation Studio.

The studio will give students the opportunity to take part in innovative learning techniques, combining LEGO with STEAM related group activities and challenges. It will also give local school pupils the chance to take part in activity days where they can discover more about STEAM subjects and careers. 

The former science laboratory was transformed by BSDC Construction students who used their carpentry skills to set up the storage surrounding the studio. Meanwhile, the bright signage was fitted by Hardy Signs, assisted by Graphic Design students who were able to gain an insight into sign making. 

The LEGO Education Innovation Studio was opened in memory of the late Garry Phillips, a former Vice Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, and a passionate advocate of innovative, entrepreneurial education. The LEGO Education and Innovation Studio aligns perfectly to Garry’s ethos, helping BSDC secure a local passion for STEAM subjects through exciting, learner-focused activities.

LEGO Education Innovation Studios are based on a hands-on learning approach that actively involves students in their own learning process. The LEGO Studio will become a hub for the local community, encouraging and inspiring tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. Sessions are focused on supporting computing, science, technology, engineering and maths, but can also be used across other areas of the curriculum.

Speaking about the launch of the LEGO Education Innovation Studio, Dawn Ward CBE, Chief Executive and Principal of BSDC said: “The LEGO Studio allows us to lift STEAM subjects from the pages of a textbook and transform them into interactive activities and challenges. It’s a great way to promote these exciting subjects and engage underrepresented groups into these areas. The Studio will also provide opportunities for community engagement, team building, family fun and adult learners.”

She added: “This is an exciting development for BSDC as it provides a fun and vibrant place for us to reach out to local secondary and primary schools and show them the real benefits of following technical career paths that are needed in the UK whilst also utilising the studio to teach existing BSDC learners studying STEAM subjects. I am thrilled we are able to commemorate our respected friend and colleague Garry in this way and know that, through the studio, his legacy and passion for technical and vocational Education will continue to inspire young people for many years to come.” 

Contact Details

Contact Details


Burton and South Derbyshire College
Tel: 01283 494400

Town Centre Campus


Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

Stephen Burke Construction Academy


Construction Academy, 21 Tetron Point, William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 OBB