Steam School and LGfL collaborate to inspire a new generation of tech entrepreneurs.
LGfL provides high speed broadband services and premium learning resources to eighty schools in Liverpool and 95% of London schools. The LGfL curriculum team recently commissioned Liverpool based Steam School to host a series of LIVE broadcasts, connecting schools with Liverpool based tech companies including vTime, Swapbots and Milky Tea.
The LIVE broadcasts gave schools an opportunity to explore a behind the scenes look at what it takes to create a tech product, how to produce a successful video game and to find out more about exciting careers in tech.
Alongside the broadcast, schools were challenged to compete in a Generation Tech challenge for a chance to win £250 for the school STEM budget. This prize was sponsored by Liverpool tech incubator, Activate and won by West Derby based Blackmoor Park Junior school.
Tony Pinch, Science Co-ordinator at Blackmoor Park Junior School commented:
“We are so pleased to win the Generation Tech competition. We included the broadcasts in our school STEM week project. All the children who took part thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to ask the team at Swapbots some questions and to create their own range of Swapbot toys as part of the challenge. The whole programme has been a fantastic opportunity to inspire our students in a unique way. We look forward to participating next academic year.”
Jade Parkinson-Hill, Founder of Steam School said:
“Working with LGfL was a great opportunity to showcase the best that Liverpool has to offer in tech entrepreneurship, not only to their Liverpool schools but also to the 94% of London schools within the LGfL community. Together, I hope that we have inspired a new generation of tech entrepreneurs.”
Jonny Clark – Activate Programme said:
“As a representative of the commercial sector, I am delighted to see programmes like this running in schools. The UK Tech Sector has big growth ambitions. As a sector we need a pipeline of talented and motivated people ready to take on exciting careers and fuel economic growth. Congratulations to Blackmoor Park Junior School on winning this exciting competition.”
Learning Resource Consultant, Laura Smith at LGfL commented:
“We are pleased that many LGfL schools (both in London and Liverpool) have taken part and engaged with this project. I am delighted to see positive feedback from staff and parents who have let us know about their pupils’ positive experience and subsequent conversations regarding careers in tech.”
About Steam School:
Steam School connects schools with science and tech innovators via our weekly live broadcasts and accompanying mini challenges. By showcasing the stories of young innovators, discussing tech trends and scientific breakthroughs, Steam School inspires students to develop a new awareness about how rapid technological change is transforming the world in which we live. Our mission is to connect 100,000s students across the globe with STEAM innovators and to inspire them to create positive global change with science and technology.
Steam School has been well received by both primary and secondary schools across the U.K. and internationally, adding value to existing careers and STEM programmes, connect students to inspirational role models from all over the globe and save teachers precious time in having to locate inspirational guests by themselves.
Steam School was created by local entrepreneur Jade Parkinson-Hill. Jade’s career has spanned both the tech and education world. For more than a decade she worked in the UK education sector launching new schools and delivering entrepreneurship and STEM projects in an education setting. In 2015, Jade was named one of the ‘top 100 women in games’ in recognition of her role in establishing the UK’s first ‘geek’ school in Liverpool specialising in video games and digital creativity. Since leaving education and creating www.steam-school.com, Jade was named DevelopHER’s Female Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.
LGfL is a community of schools and local authorities committed to using technology to enhance teaching & learning. LGfL schools receive:
- Safe, high-speed broadband (‘fibre all the way’, uncontended and symmetrical) managed network services.
- Premium learning resources: a blend of commercially-licensed content and homegrown exclusives.
LGfL was set up by the 33 London Boroughs in 2001 as a not-for profit charitable trust. Economies of scale (94% of London schools are part of the community) allow the trust to keep subscriptions low (in fact prices continue to drop as speeds increase!), and all revenues are ploughed back into new and improved services and resources to make sure LGfL schools remain at the cutting edge of technology and educational best-practice.