Interactive workshop brings geography to life for local school students

JBA Augmented Reality Sandbox at Manchester Science Festival 2017On Thursday 24 January, JBA Trust will be delivering an ‘Interactive Geography Day’ for all Year 9 pupils at Ermysteds Grammar School, Skipton.

The event will provide an understanding of the key principles of flood and coastal risk management and will support the current geography curriculum. JBA Trust will be demonstrating several interactive physical models which will provide an exciting and innovative way of learning how water behaves in rivers and at the coast.

Pupils will have the opportunity to see a mini hydraulic flume, coastal wave tank, augmented reality sandbox and projected augmented relief model in action. They will also take part in exercises relating to each model.

“We are delighted to be working with Ermysteds Grammar school and to be supporting their geography curriculum relating to natural hazards and physical landscapes. It’s also a great opportunity to demonstrate the many different types of careers that studying geography can lead to” commented Rob Lamb, Managing Director of JBA Trust.

In addition to the model demonstrations, talks will be given by two current Leeds University Geography degree students who are currently on work placement with the JBA Trust. They will talk to pupils about why they chose to study Geography and what they enjoy about it.

An Environment Agency Community Engagement Officer will talk to pupils about their role in flood risk management and preparedness. JBA Consulting staff are also supporting the event by demonstrating some of the physical models and sharing their experiences of working in the water and environmental management sector.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for our students to see how the geography they study in the class room can come to life in the real world” added Kathryn Suter, Assistant Head of Humanities at Ermysteds Grammar School.

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JBA Trust is a charity that aims to enhance understanding and management of risks in the water environment by enabling research, education and training. You can find out more information about them on their website at

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