Bringing geography to life!

Interactive workshop brings geography to life for local school students

On Thursday 24 January, we delivered an ‘Interactive Geography Day’ for all Year 9 pupils at Ermysteds Grammar School, Skipton.

The event aimed to explore some of the issues around flood and coastal risk management and provide an exciting and innovative way of learning how water behaves in rivers and at the coast, hopefully inspiring the students to consider choosing geography as a subject.

Rob Beresford, an ex-pupil of Ermysted’s, demonstrates the augmented reality sandbox

JBA Trust, along with volunteers from JBA Consulting, demonstrated four interactive physical models including the mini hydraulic flume, coastal wave tank, augmented reality sandbox and projected augmented relief model (PARM).

“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” commented Kathryn Suter, Assistant Head of Humanities at Ermysteds Grammar School.


In addition to the model demonstrations, two current undergraduate students, Lucy Farmer and Imogen Holder who are studying geography at the University of Leeds, talked to pupils about why they chose to study geography and what they enjoy about the subject.   JBA Consulting staff also shared their experiences of working in the water and environmental management sector.

“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” added Rob Lamb, Managing Director of JBA Trust.