The most popular of Stephens presentations is how he uses origami in education and therapy, describing how the simple art of paper folding can be used as an effective and enjoyable tool in teaching students of all ages a vast range of subjects from nature studies, art, mathematics and geometry to molecular modelling.
Through his talk Stephen demonstrates how this is achieved but to fully understand the concept it is advantageous for everyone 'gets their hands dirty' with some origami and by following Stephen's step by step instructions he engages everyone to fold a few simple models so they can see just how effective this method of teaching is.
There is no need to panic as he ensures everyone succeeds with their paperfolding and the whole session professionally presented in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere ensuring all participants have a creation to take home with them.
The session is designed to last around 45 minutes to one hour and can easily be adapted to suit your usual routine. There is usually time for questions at the end and an opportunity for everyone to view the award winning origami models on display.
No materials or preparation is required on your part as Stephen provides everything needed. All that is required is a 15 minute window before the talk to set up the display and equipment.
It would be an advantage if it was possible for everyone to be seated at tables to provide a firm surface to work on. If this is not possible due to space restrictions or large audience sizes, special trays can be provided upon request to enable everyone to fold on their lap. This enables up to 100 participants the opportunity to join in with the practical part of his demonstration.
Stephen follows the 'Positive about People with Disabilities' initiative and offers the use of equipment to assist people with poor grip or limited upper body movement so no one need feel left out.
He has been an innovator in developing tools to give people with a wide range of disabilities the opportunity to fold. (You can read more about his work in this field in the 'Stories and Features' section on this website).
An audio sound system is available on request for larger venues or for groups with recognised hearing difficulties. This is a wireless and hands free system which does not restrict Stephen from moving amongst the audience during the practical sections of his demonstrations.