Education is one of the most conservative sectors there is. School reputations in this country are built on centuries of experience and tradition. Even parents who may want to see their children get the best preparation for their futures are worried about the prospects of taking a different path than the tried and true, the recognised. And yet, a revolution is a-foot.
If someone from 100, or even 50 years ago woke up from a frozen sleep today, and needed to go to the hospital (post-thaw) or buy some new clothes (Amazon, natch) they wouldn’t recognise those experiences. Fintech, medicine, retail and so many other parts of our day to day lives have been thoroughly changed with the computers and smart phones that are always with us.
This post is about our second session in Gibraltar, when a group of 22 students discovered the awesome potential of tiny robots! To find out about our music-making session with bananas and Makey Makeys, read Part One.
I've recently discovered Stanford professor Tina Seelig. I love her work on creativity and the way she's mapped out what you need to be creative in the below graphic, the "Innovation Engine". It reinforces what we are doing at Fire Tech Camp perfectly.
I know the statistics - that only 7% of Computing A-level students last year were girls, and that women in UK technology jobs is on a downward trend, currently at 17%. But it has always seemed strange to me. I was from a fairly techie family and we were three daughters competing for time on the TRS-80 III computer and high-powered cassette tape drive. My older sister was the one who showed me the intrigue of the .alt groups - some kind of mysterious tech underworld - when I was a teenager.
Wondering about the benefits of learning to programme and write computer code?
See the article I wrote for Jump! Mag about why kids should be coding!
Image credit: Jump! Mag