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Black History Month: 10 People Who Shaped The World of STEM

1. Gladys Mae West (1930-) Gladys Mae West is an American mathematician. Her calculations and programming were vital in constructing a mathematical model of the earth’s shape, a geoid. Her work was vital in the construction of today’s GPS system. 2. Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville (1924-) Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville was the second African-American woman […]

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10 Ways Artificial Intelligence will change our kids’ lives

Let’s recap! Data Science focuses on the interpretation of data. Machine Learning (ML) is, yes as indicated, machine learning and decision making derived from data. ML increasingly uses artificial neural networks to reenact the human brain and nervous system. And A.I.? Well  A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) is the mother of these subsets and defines the action […]

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Celebrating Women in Engineering

To celebrate women in engineering, we spoke to three female engineers working at Vattenfall Heat UK. A company that’s committed to delivering low carbon heating solutions around the UK, and is a prime example of how a career in STEM can lead to solving critical problems that face society today, such as climate change and […]

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10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

1. Interactive Infographics Designer More than simply computer graphics, this role involves communicating aggregated data in visual form. Hugely creative, designers bring clarity to sets of numbers and, using 2D & 3D graphics, present them in informative and interesting designs. Information is Beautiful offers a great insight into the power of data visualisation (data viz). […]

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5 Innovative Uses of Augmented Reality

[row] [columns class=”medium-2″]   [/columns][columns class=”medium-8″] Once a sci-fi fantasy, augmented reality (AR) is now within everyone’s reach. AR superimposes digital information and images on to the real world. Over the past few years AR technology has dramatically improved and is now available on most phones. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, believes that AR is the […]

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“All you need is an open mind”: Meet the instructor delivering Fire Tech’s Saturday classes

Fire Tech Crew is our 10-week Saturday programme for 9-12 year olds starting September 16th until December 2nd in Notting Hill, London. In this exploratory programme students jump start their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) journey as our specialist tutors bring subjects to life for two hours in the morning or the afternoon […]

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Why we need to get kids coding – from the Huffington post.

“Most of us lived this through the interface. But, in the midst of all this easy-to-use technology, somehow we lost touch with the fact that someone has to build it all. And the kids have become consumers, sitting slack-jawed and motionless above the wrists for hours, killing baddies but never knowing the thrill of summoning the code-driven genies themselves. So how can we halt this decline? It’s simple – let’s get young people excited about coding.”

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Why We MUST Teach Our Kids 21st Century Skills – From the Huffington Post

“Then when we turn the kids loose on the world, they get to work and they find out that no matter how well prepared they are – the goal posts have shifted. Work means learning new skills all the time. It’s the person who can do something with what they know, rather than just knowing facts, is the one who is going to solve the problems.
Our young people need to learn how to think about projects, how to work on those projects and overcome frustrations and set backs, and how to implement and communicate solutions. Not only is our economy built on this kind of innovation, but as humans, we all want to create.”

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Is education squashing creativity?

I read with interest this article this morning. The gist is that all of this assessment-driven teaching is squashing our kids’ creativity. This paragraph in particular jumped out at me: “Creativity is nurtured by freedom and stifled by the continuous monitoring, evaluation, adult-direction, and pressure to conform that restrict children’s lives today.  In the real […]

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