The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Bletchley Park is to become one of 20 new educational establishments in the Fujitsu Education Ambassador Programme.
In collaboration with Intel, Fujitsu first launched the programme at Bett 2015 and the initiative has already supported ten schools, colleges and universities across the UK, by setting up Innovation Hubs to equip these establishments with high performance solutions and support digital skills development.
The initiative aims to enhance teaching and unleash students’ potential by putting technology at the heart of education and aligns with the Department for Education’s Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG), which aims to identify obstacles preventing further education providers taking full advantage of technology.
Fujitsu, alongside partners Intel, Brocade and Kyocera, has chosen TNMOC for its commitment and desire to support the shaping of future generations of students by inspiring them to take up technology subjects. At TNMOC, an Innovation Hub will support project-based learning and skills development and feature Fujitsu and Intel® technology which will not only provide students with the opportunity to develop their digital skills, but educators themselves too.
The Innovation Hub in the TNMOC Classroom will house an array of Fujitsu technology including Fujitsu’s STYLISTIC tablet and hybrid range, LIFEBOOK laptop range and ESPRIMO desktop PC range – all running on the latest Intel® Core™ processor technology. The Classroom, already very popular amongst educational groups and general visitors, features working 1980’s BBC Micro Computers and the new Hub technology will highlight in a very dramatic way the extraordinarily rapid development of technology with dynamic examples of current technology.
Education needs collaboration and support from the industry to really support the right skills development for young people, to lead to future employment opportunity, and that’s what the Ambassador Programme is all about
Andy Clark, Chair of TNMOC, said: “Being selected as a Hub is a huge honour for TNMOC and a tribute to the enthusiasm, skill and commitment of our staff and volunteers. We look forward to developing the Hub to its full potential and to furthering our aim of inspiring the next generation of computer scientists and engineers through our Learning Programme for schools and colleges and facilities for the general public to explore their digital heritage. We warmly thank Fujitsu and its partners Intel, Brocade and Kyocera for their initiative.”
“We are incredibly excited to further grow our commitment to putting technology at the heart of education, with the goal of signing 20 new Ambassadors this year,” said Ash Merchant, Director of Education, UK & Ireland, Fujitsu. “One thing I have learnt over two decades in and around the education sector is that passion goes a long way and supports in driving success and achievement. However, passion is sometimes not enough – education needs collaboration and support from the industry to really support the right skills development for young people, to lead to future employment opportunity, and that’s what the Ambassador Programme is all about.”
“Intel shares Fujitsu’s passion for education and inclusion for all and is delighted to support the Education Ambassador Programme,” says David McCarron, Education Director Intel, EMEA. “We have a decade worth of experience, working with more than 12 million teachers globally and we know the potential technology can bring to the classroom to enrich learning. We are thoroughly looking forward to embarking on 2016’s journey with Fujitsu and supporting the 20 new Hubs and its Ambassadors to prepare their students for the digital future ahead.”
Other hubs include: Swansea University; University of Northampton; RNIB New College Worcester; New College Nottingham; National Autistic Society, The Anderson School; Canterbury College; Fife College; The Leigh UTC; London Design Engineering UTC; Watford UTC; UTC Warrington; and London South Bank UTC.