Tag Archives: ComputingScience; Technologies; Innovation

Apps for Good Scottish Event⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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Apps for Good is an education movement that is powering a generation to change their world with technology. We partner with teachers in schools and learning centres to deliver our course to young people from 8 -18 years of age. Students work together as teams to find real issues they care about and learn how to solve them using technology. Since 2010 Apps for Good has been delivered to over 75,000 students in more than 1,500 schools across the UK and internationally.

Join us to celebrate the next generation of Scotland’s tech entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday 15th March, over 100 students from across Scotland will travel to Edinburgh’s Quincentenary Conference Centre to participate in Apps for Good’s first ever Scottish event.

The event will bring together the next generation of digital talent in Scotland under one roof in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre for a day of networking and workshops. Teams of young people are working together and creating apps to tackle the problems & issues which matter most to them, and the event will provide them with the opportunity to engage directly with a range of invited guests, and the other participating Scottish schools.

We’re inviting you to join the Marketplace part of the event from 2pm – 4pm, giving you the opportunity to walk around the room and meet the young people who have been working on their app ideas. The students will be keen to practice their pitch and listen to any feedback and advice that you may have. You will also be able to cast your vote in our People’s Choice Award which will allow us to recognise the top three teams.

We would love to see you there to celebrate all of our students’ hard work!

Our first ever Scottish event has been made possible after being awarded a grant from Digital Xtra, funded by the Scottish Government Digital Skills Business Excellence Partnership, who have provided Apps for Good with support to help us grow our after-school activities in Scotland.

Sign up via Eventbrite here

Bloodhound Scotland Rocket Car Challenge⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Blooh houndThe technologies form a central part of Scotland’s heritage, identity and future. Their importance cannot be overstated whether as an economic necessity, a social influence or a vital educational experience.

There are approximately 1300 secondary qualified craft, design, engineering and graphics and 600 secondary qualified computing science practitioners across the 32 local authorities in Scotland. The wide spread of locations can and has made professional and collaborative learning difficult.

Scottish Schools Education and Research Centre, Education Scotland and Energy Skills Partnership have worked in partnership to set upTechnology/STEM hubs across Scotland that will give practitioners access to high quality professional and collaborative learning opportunities.

The hubs will be based around the 13 college regions and will not only reach out to the secondary practitioners but also to the 13 regional college staff.

Through the local authority contacts of SSERC and Education Scotland and the Energy Skills Partnership college network the BLOODHOUND Rocket Car Challenge was a kick starter project to encourage practitioners and college staff to get involved in their local hub.

The case study attached explains the detail of how this kick starter project has brought together schools and colleges.

Bloodhound Case study May 2016

Digital Xtra Fund NOW OPEN #DigitalXtra⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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Coding, computing, web development and digital animation are just some of the activities that could benefit from Digital Xtra, a new fund dedicated to widening access to extracurricular computing related projects in Scotland which opens for applications today!

The fund aims to make extracurricular computing clubs accessible to all young people aged 16 and under, wherever they live in Scotland. A panel of experts from Scotland’s digital technologies industry, Scottish Government and education will evaluate applications.

The fund is calling for applications from a wide range of organisations with the capability to deliver, as well as from existing projects who are encouraged to use the opportunity to pioneer new approaches or expand to rural areas. The evaluation panel will prioritise projects that demonstrate scalability, sustainability and innovative ways of engaging additional young people, especially in areas where there is a shortage of provision.Lego_League_018_original (2)

Projects must involve young people in activities that develop computational thinking rather than simply consuming or learning about technologies. Successful applications will include activities which increase the number of young people taking part in computer science related activities across Scotland, improve participation of girls and underrepresented groups and promote computing science as an attractive career path.

Applications are open now through Public Contract Scotland where full information can be found. http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=MAY244554

Deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 17 June 2016.  All questions or queries should be submitted via the Public Contracts Scotland portal Any issues with registration please contact PCS helpline direct on 0800 222 9003

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