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.
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 that were announced at the 2017 Bett Education conference included: 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.
Notes To Editors
1 About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.
2 About Fujitsu in the UK & Ireland
Fujitsu employs over 14,000 people in the UK & Ireland, with total revenues exceeding £1.8 billion. Offering an integrated product and service portfolio, we deliver consulting, applications, technology products, systems integration and managed services, including cloud-based solutions, for customers across both public and private sectors, including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer IT. For more information, please see http://uk.fujitsu.com
3 About The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
The Museum runs a highly successful Learning Programme for schools and colleges and promotes introductions to computer coding amongst young people, especially females, to inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
A pledge by an individual benefactor of £1 million if matched funding is found means that every pound or dollar donated to the Museum will count double. Funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, Fujitsu, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, and BCS.
The whole Museum is currently open to the public from 12 noon on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring and summer Bank Holidays and during school holidays. The Colossus and Tunny galleries are open daily. Public and private Guided Tours are available and bookable online – see the website or the iPhone app for details. Educational and corporate group visits are available by prior arrangement.
For more information about TNMOC and trustees, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also available from the iPhone App Store.
Stephen Fleming, Palam Communications
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