Callam, Creative and Digital
Posted: 16 August 2016
"The UTC in three words: Fascinating, interesting and enlightening!"
Creative and Digital student Callam joined UTC Sheffield the first year it opened: ‘When I came to the open days there was no building, but the UTC sounded like it had a lot to offer and it’s definitely delivered! I really like the design of the building with half new and half old, it’s really interesting.’
Callam is specialising in Creative and Digital Industries and studying A Levels in Photography and Creative Writing alongside. He has now been offered a place at Sheffield Hallam University to study Creative Writing where he hopes to continue his love of fictional writing and turn this into a career.
Whilst at the UTC, Callam has worked on employer projects, including a games design project with international games developer, Sumo Digital. Students were asked to design a game and then present their ideas to the company director. Callam won the Best Presentation Award for his game presentation. He said, ‘Gaming isn’t necessarily my thing but I designed a Mario style game, called Monkey Business. The judges were so impressed with my business pitch I won an award, so I was really happy with that!’
Callam has also worked on the VR (Virtual Reality) Prosthetics Project, a joint venture with Sheffield Hallam University and the prestigious Wellcome Trust, where students were asked to participate in a variety of activities to help them relate to the issues surrounding limb loss and prosthetic limbs. Whilst working on the project, Callam has participated in two workshops: one where UTC students met with Danish students to take part in activities simulating disabilities, designing prosthetic solutions and getting hands-on experience with the VR system developed at Sheffield Hallam University; another, where the UTC students helped to deliver a workshop to over 50 primary school pupils. ‘It was such an interesting experience seeing all the technology possibilities for prosthetics, and I really enjoyed being able to deliver a workshop for others to enjoy the same experience.’
Callam sums up his UTC experience in three words, ‘Fascinating, interesting and enlightening!’