STEM Ambassador Hub hosts regional finals for Cisco’s Little Big Awards




On Wednesday 11 January 2017, one of our STEM Ambassador Hubs, Winchester Science Centre, hosted the Regional South Central Finals for Cisco’s Little Big Awards.

The Little BIG Awards help teachers and pupils meet some of the requirements of the key stage 3 and 4 computer science curriculum and supporting areas that directly relate to the curriculum including:

  • using operators and logic to make decisions based on inputs
  • understand networks of computers and how they communicate
  • handling very large datasets and processing lots of things in parallel
  • translating things from the human world into things computers can understand

We use the internet every day: on our computers, on tablets and mobile phones. You can watch TV, make phone calls, send photos, and shop – all on the internet.

But even today less than 1% of all things are connected to the internet. What happens when your microwave, your central heating, your car, or even maybe your school workbooks, are connected to the internet?

The Little Big Awards invited schools to take part to demonstrate how they think life could be made better by connecting the unconnected.

Pupils were invited to work as a team with assistance from one or more STEM Ambassador, to solve a problem; design develop and prototype a solution; and build a business plan around your idea.

STEM Ambassadors visited schools (or connected with them remotely) to help and provide structured activities and guidance on helping pupils to generate ideas and thoughts on connecting the unconnected.

Schools from across the South Central Hub area participated and the winner was Alton Convent Girls School, from Hampshire.