ElectroLabs, a private company set up by professional musicians and ex music teachers are trying to go into as many secondary schools as possible to promote technology in music.
They have done their first workshop, free of charge with Wick High students and 16 S2 pupils took the opportunity to take part. Have a look at the amazing work they have produced!
The Computing Science department are delighted to announce that we have been asked to present at D14 - The Scottish Digital Summit on Friday the 30th on the main stage at the SECC in Glasgow. The summit will bring togehter people from the digital and creative sectors to explore ways to collaborate and look at how we can help shape the digital industries in Scotland.
Two students, Caitlyn Taylor and Meghan Lyon have been taking part in the S3 Apps for Good course and have created an app called Chore Attack which aims to help families incentivise doing chores around the house. They will be talking, along with Mr Aitken, about their Apps for Good experience.
They aim to make their talk a little bit different and have a few surprises up their sleeves! One aspect they would like to cover is to make their talk interactive, by getting the audience of around 500 delegates to live tweet their questions to the team, which will then be displayed in real time behind them. We are grateful to http://www.tweetbeam.com/ for giving us access to this service. We're sure this will add some extra excitement to our talk!
You can also watch our talk via the live stream of the event. Keep an eye out on the Wick High Facebook and Twitter accounts for the link.
Wick High School is set to become the first secondary school in the Highlands to become home to a digital workshop aimed at inspiring students and budding entrepreneurs into careers in new industries.
MAKLab North has received £40,000 funding from the SSE Highland Sustainable Development Fund to establish an open access community digital fabrication studio at the school.
It will offer a range of innovative techniques from 3D printing and milling to digital knitting and jewellery making.
MAKLAB North is intended to serve as a training base to help pupils throughout the Highlands interested in pursuing a career in the engineering, energy and emerging creative industries.
The project will involve establishing a fixed workshop at Wick High, which has been identified as an ideal school through its growing reputation for promoting digital excellence. Pupils will get the opportunity to design and construct hi-spec components using 3D printing technology.
The aim is to produce a group of skilled and motivated young people for employment in engineering, renewable energy and the creative sector.
Chris Aitken, head of Computing Science at Wick High said it is an honour for the school to be chosen as the north base for MAKLab, saying it will prove a vital tool to help boost the far north economy.
"By having school and community access to cutting-edge digital fabrication technologies, we are fostering and inspiring a new generation of makers and engineers," he said.
"This will feed directly into the plan from the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership to produce an outward-looking and highly skilled workforce in the north Highlands."
There will be a van which will visit other schools to widen the access to training and hands on experience of different digital fabrication technoogies to all age ranges.
Founding director at MAKLab, Bruce Newlands, is delighted SSE has agreed to finance 90 percent of the project, which will cost around £45,000.
"MAKLab North will build on the strong engineering history of the Highlands, and in particular allow communities to explore, create and develop a range of ideas from energy monitors to small scale renewables," he said.
"It also benefits from the support of a range of local partners which will ensure it is firmly embedded not just in the curriculum but also within the wider community, including start-up small and medium-sized enterprises and existing businesses wishing to innovate.
"We expect this project to have a wide and lasting impact on the aspirations of young people in the Highlands, bringing cutting-edge technology, prople and communities together in a way that empowers."
Article quoted from Caithness Courier.
Information on the S2 SOSCA testing is below.
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