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Nick Corston

Nick Corston

Passionate about the power of creativity, tech and people

Wired magazine, The Guardian newspaper and School Community Leaders and Policy Makers across the country have described Nick as a ‘man on a mission’. He has been listed as one of the top 100 global edtech leaders by the influential Hot Topic group and was recently endorsed for a TED Fellowship by both Sir Ken Robinson and Professor Sugata Mitra whose TED talks inspired his work.

Now a well-known advocate for creativity in education, business and society, Nick has a background in technology, creativity and communication and a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University, but says he’s “just a dad” who is concerned about our children’s and all our futures.

After a career which kicked off in the early days of interactive learning he was a founding figure in the world of digital media before moving into marketing and business innovation. His life and career trajectories were changed forever by becoming a father, Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk, reading half of a book by Prof Guy Claxton and coming across a bunch of creatives in a field at a festival all of which inspired him to walk the talk.

He co-founded STEAM Co. as a social enterprise with other parents in his sons’ school to ‘help connect our kids with their dreams, their passion, their art – and our communities with their schools and has worked with schools across the country from Cornwall to Carlisle.

‘Rocket Boys’ is a million selling book his father found in an Oxfam book Shop and which Nick has been given permission to take into schools as a half day session. It is a story of 4 boys growing up in a dead end coal mining town in the USA in the 50's, who see the first Sputnik and, with the encouragement of a teacher and mother, go on to make rockets and work for NASA. Nick follows this up with a rocket making/firing workshop for a class. At the end of the day the whole school community is invited in for a real rocket launch. The response to this session has been phenomenal.

‘Rocket Kid Stories’ is Nick’s first book - a collection of short, ten-minute reads about inspiring men and women to encourage parents to read with their children. The first print has nearly sold out with schools buying a copy for every pupil to take home.

Testimonials from Teachers

"I just wanted drop you a quick email to a massive thank you for your keynote talk yesterday at our CDI Festival, I personally found it incredibly inspiring and touching, and I believe our students also thoroughly enjoyed it."

– Emma Pringle, Project Coordinator, Solent University

"STEAM Co. is doing fantastic work. it's putting the 'A' back in, for the arts. I am very grateful for your work Nick"

– Sir Ken Robinson, Global Educationalist and Author

“I became a teacher to hear children make that noise - I learned things I didn't know. The children learned how it all joins up. That life isn't binary”

– Vic Goddard, Head Teacher, Passmores Academy

"The most exciting thing I've ever seen in a school"

– Alun Ebenezer, Head Teacher, Fulham Boys School​

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