Developing digital talent in the curriculum for a future with Industry 4.0

Modern engineering needs data to validate and influence design decisions.

Commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 signposts the use of sensors with data collection and analytics to bring efficiencies and inform decision making.

This year we’ve supported a number of organisations to understand how connectivity can support their vision for digital transformation.

With further developments to our Internet of Curious Things programme, it’s also been an exciting time to take digital innovations from the Grand Challenges into the curriculum for real world learning scenarios in schools.

Progression of learning, purpose and innovation are the constants that we add into each programme and bringing in smart sensors for data collection is applicable across each ‘wicked problem’ that we present to students.

Here’s one example taken from the This Girl Codes programme of activities delivered with Junction Arts. The theme of collecting and acting on data was at the heart of co-design with creative computing.

Produced by Cora Glasser, the video captures the creative engagement from learning activities across KS2, KS3 and community events over a year in rural Derbyshire.

With the finale as a ‘Data-Driven Interactive Light Night’, connecting Bolsover Castle with the local community, the heritage backdrop of the C17th estate provided insights into what a smart future with Industry 4.0 can look like.

#TechWomen100 winner

Wonderful news to start another exciting week.

One of our co-founders, Claire, has been announced as a #TechWomen100 winner. We're delighted that she's been included in this list of emerging talent as we continue to support an increase in the digital talent pipeline.

Congratulations to every talented #womenintech on this list of brilliant role models.

Increasing participation and diversity in digital careers

We recognise how diversity in tech can drive change and innovation and are proud to support the Tech She Can Charter from PWC.

Our education programmes ignite inspiration and boost self-efficacy to address the gender imbalance in tech and we’re dedicated to supporting a talented pipeline of digitally-literate and creative learners. Read more about the programme and our pledge here.

Digital making leading to healthy outcomes

We've linked digital making projects in schools, and with community groups, to develop a new citizen science programme specifically focused on improving air quality.

Being a parent, and part of ClientEarth's Clean Air Parents' Network, gave an opportunity recently to share an example of a local project that we've been progressing with Living Streets Moortown.

Great to hear positive feedback from that wider audience at The Houses of Parliament about the significance and capacity for community collected data to drive healthy changes. Also encouraging to meet and have the support of local MP Fabian Hamilton to share the message about the impact of empowering groups through digital making.

Look out for 'Science Walk' an event taking place in Roundhay Park during the Leeds Digital Festival.

We'll share the link for registration in the new year, when teams will join us to build an air quality monitoring station, collect data during an outdoor walk in the park and return to learn more about interpreting those results.

Find out more about the cross-party Parliamentary Reception hosted by Client Earth here.

Further details about our plans with the citizen science project in Leeds can be found in this piece:

headline about air pollution from the yorkshire post

Driving Diversity in Tech

As part of our ongoing commitment to a diverse workforce, we’re very proud to announce that we are now a signatory of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC).

The TTC is an employer-led initiative to encourage greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK, and was supported in the government’s policy paper on the UK Digital Strategy earlier this year.

From Debbie Forster, CEO of the Tech Talent Charter:

“It’s vital for the industry to come together as a whole to do more to show females that a career in technology is incredibly rewarding, to increase the number of females working within the industry, to attract people who are considering a career change, and to encourage younger generations to consider these careers from the word go. One single company can’t do it alone, which is why we’re asking organisations to pledge their support for the Tech Talent Charter and join us on our exciting journey.”

Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention and are supported every step of the way.

We’ll be keeping you updated on our progress, and you can find out more information here:

tech talent charter mission statement

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