HP have announced the first winners of the Ripple Effect campaign, a collaboration between HP, Intel, and four of HP’s channel partners – Misco, Softcat, XMA and Academia – to deliver cutting edge technology to improve STEM learning at schools around the UK.
The campaign invited schools who had recently purchased HP hardware to submit their reasons for needing a top-of-the-range HP Learning Studio and how students would benefit should they win. The following schools were declared winners by a judging panel featuring an independent judge from the education sector and representatives from Intel, HP and the respective channel partners:
Handsworth Grammar School – secondary Grammar school in Birmingham
Leighton Park – co-educational Quaker independent school near Reading
The Bourne Academy – mixed state secondary school in Bournemouth
Activate Learning – an educational organisation based in Oxford, comprising three further education and two technical colleges
“We are absolutely delighted to have won this fantastic award”, stated Mark Avoth, Principal of The Bourne Academy. “Our Academy delivers a rich curriculum in Technology, Engineering and Design that encourages students to explore ideas, problem solve and embark on a journey from design through to manufacture. The HP Creative Learning Studio is going to help propel our students on this path, giving them the ability to be creative, innovative and to change the future”.
‘The careers of tomorrow will be in robotics, programming and engineering. Early access to this technology for schools, its staff and students is critical to the UK economy.’
The delivery of more Learning Studios in the UK fulfils part of HP’s commitment to the Government’s UK Digital Strategy, announced in March this year. The Ripple Campaign winners will all have their Learning Studios installed before Christmas, consisting of equipment worth £20,000. This includes:
An HP Sprout G2 – a unique 2D/3D immersive PC computing experience
10 x HP ProBook x360EE laptops – the education edition of the business-standard convertible notebook
Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 – a market leading education-focussed 3D Printer
2 x HP Classroom Manager licences – A classroom management software that provides control, collaboration, and real-time assessment at the click of mouse
SAM Labs STEAM Kit – consisting of software, apps and building materials that allow students to discover the fun in coding and tech creation 20 Managed Charging Cart V2
‘By working alongside as many schools and colleges as possible HP hopes to inspire people to be the inventors of tomorrow.”
“The STEM worker shortfall is estimated at 40,000 in the UK. With more jobs being created to meet the shifting demands of the digital economy, this gap is only going to widen,” commented Neil Sawyer, Channel and Education Director, HP UKI.
“HP believes it can boost STEM learning by reinventing the way we teach these skills in schools. The careers of tomorrow will be in robotics, programming and engineering. Early access to this technology for schools, its staff and students is critical to the UK economy. By working alongside as many schools and colleges as possible HP hopes to inspire people to be the inventors of tomorrow.”
HP’s Learning Studios have been installed in 66 sites around the world to date, including locations in Africa and the Middle East. Recent installations in Jordon were in direct response to the Syrian refugee crisis, to ensure displaced individuals continue receiving education.