Students create insect sculptures from scrap metal

South Staffordshire College

Published: Monday 26th June 2023 | 11.27am

To celebrate Insect Week, students from South Staffordshire College, who are studying  motor vehicle studies have been working with Cronimet, a Cannock based company that recycles scrap stainless steel, to make insects and bugs out of scrap metal.

The students have learnt various metal working skills, which have enabled them to produce some amazing sculptures, which will be displayed in the garden of the signal box in Hednesford Park.

Insect Week is a National campaign run by the Royal Entomological Society, whose aim is to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects, it ran from 19 - 25 June this year. 

Councillor Andrea Muckley, Portfolio Leader for Environment and Climate Change said “The artwork produced by the students is magnificent.  This project has highlighted the issue of climate change to the students in a creative way.  They have learnt a new skill, and recycled scrap metal into something amazing.”

With over 24,000 species of insects in the UK alone, the week is to showcase the vital role that insects play in conservation, food production, medicine and ecology.

The project was inspired from a collaboration with an organisation called RIC-NIC, ‘RicNic puts young people in the spotlight by giving them complete control of their creativity. They support participants to fulfil their potential through  range of free projects.’ The 2022-23 project ‘Where the Bees Fly’ focuses on how we can see our impact on Climate Change through bees. 

Bees are vulnerable to some parasites that thrive in warm temperatures. One of the  effects of climate change is the increase in temperatures and less cold seasons. These high temperatures mean that bees are at greater risk of diseases and parasites now than they ever were before, due to climate change.

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