Edinburgh network provider partners with charity to boost STEM in schools
A leading network provider has partnered with a Glasgow-based educational charity to boost the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Renfrewshire schools.
Edinburgh-headquartered Commsworld is working with SmartSTEMs, a not-for-profit which aims to inspire and develop the next generation of young Scots to pursue careers and skilled jobs in STEM industries.
The digital connectivity company will support the charity’s model, based around outreach to schools and clubs locally, as well as hub events that will be held in tertiary education establishments in the area.
The initiative kicked off last week, when P4 and P5 pupils at Howwood Primary School in Johnstone were visited by industry representatives who shared their love of all things STEM. The experts worked with pupils on an electric car project, as well as climate change posters inspired by Cop26.
The partnership is born out of Commsworld’s community support programme, delivered as part of its £15 million contract with Renfrewshire Council to upgrade its digital connectivity and services across the region.
This upgrade includes the rollout of full fibre connectivity to approximately 180 council buildings including schools and community centres.
Bruce Strang, chief operating officer at Commsworld, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with SmartSTEMs to help inspire young Scots to learn about STEM. Digital is not just about connectivity and infrastructure, it is about having a skilled workforce with the passion to deliver the science and technology we need to help us live better lives.
“As we continue to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to helping SmartSTEMs with its outreach programme in Renfrewshire so children and young people across the county are fully aware of the huge number of skilled jobs out there for those with a grounding in all things STEM.”
Stuart Macdonald, founder and chief executive of SmartSTEMs, said: “SmartSTEMs works across the UK to widen access to STEM careers and realise the full potential of future generations. We help industry and education to collaborate to develop the next generation of talent, and to create and maintain diverse and inclusive partnerships to deliver real social value and opportunity in the communities where we work.
“Our new partnership will help us develop a model in Renfrewshire that is scalable, replicable and delivered through our intertwined initiatives of hub events and outreach. We are delighted to work with Commsworld on this project and will be developing this programme with Commsworld over the coming weeks and months.”
Why innovation and marketing are the perfect partners to make changes that matter￼
With the rapid evolution of traditional marketing and the appearance of digital marketing, technology and innovation has become part of any marketer’s life without the need of working for a…
Transitioning to a four-day week – CEO’s vow to strike a healthier balance in the workplace
I came to Scotland nearly 20 years ago from Ireland, with no contacts but a lot of determination. While Ireland will always be my home, Scotland has given me amazing…
Women Lead: The female-led company championing intuitive working
Over the last two years, the pandemic forced a shift to more remote and flexible working practices. Whilst we might be seeing a “return to normal”, some companies are choosing…
Women Lead: My passion for young people to consider a career in digital
Twenty years ago, I stumbled across my career in digital marketing almost by accident. It was during my honours degree in marketing at Glasgow Caledonian University. I was on work…
Women Lead: Inclusive Silicon Valley cohort gives hope to entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds
Things are happening on the Scottish tech scene. Big and small initiatives are creating a fantastic ripple effect on the sector, bottom up and top down, thanks to the recommendations…
Women Lead: The story of an entrepreneurial scientist
I first arrived in Scotland over 20 years ago. I had £75 in my wallet and a scholarship offer to do a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Sometimes I…
Please mind the gap… or healthcare may fall
Imagine sharing a lengthy train journey with others. From beginning to end, imagine how often you might hear ‘mind the gap’ messages about embarking and disembarking safely. Picture how navigating…
Women Lead: My journey from Dragons’ Den to Silicon Valley
Following her appearance on Dragons’ Den, Sheila Hogan, serial entrepreneur, founder and chief executive of digital legacy vault, Biscuit Tin, shares her experience of her time in the Den and…