Renfrewshire students to benefit from new tech partnership

Students at Renfrewshire schools will have the chance to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math through a new partnership.

Network provider Commsworld has partnered with the SmartSTEMs charity to help boost science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Renfrewshire.

The company will work with SmartSTEM to inspire and develop the next generation of young Scots to pursue careers and skilled jobs in STEM industries.

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And it started earlier this month at Howwood Elementary School in Johnstone, where the P4 and P5 were visited by industry representatives who shared their love for all things STEM.

There, they worked with students on an electric car project, as well as climate change posters inspired by COP26.

The partnership stems from Commsworld’s Community Support Program, provided as part of its £ 15million contract with the Renfrewshire Council to improve its digital connectivity and services across the region. This upgrade includes the deployment of full fiber optic connectivity to approximately 180 municipal buildings, including schools and community centers.

Bruce Strang, COO at Commsworld, said: “We are delighted to partner with SmartSTEM to help inspire young Scots to learn more about STEM.

“Digital isn’t just about connectivity and infrastructure, it’s about having a skilled workforce with a passion to deliver the science and technology we need to help us live. a better life.

“As we continue to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to assisting SmartSTEMs with their awareness program in Renfrewshire so that children and young people across the county are fully aware of the large number of skilled jobs for those who have a foundation in all things STEM.

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Stuart Macdonald, Founder and CEO of SmartSTEMs, added, “It’s great news that we are teaming up with Commsworld. SmartSTEMs works across the UK to expand access to STEM careers and realize the full potential of future generations.

“We help industry and education work together to develop the next generation of talent, and to create and maintain diverse and inclusive partnerships to deliver real social value and opportunity in the communities where we work.

“Our new partnership will help us develop a model in Renfrewshire that is scalable, replicable and implemented through our interwoven initiatives of hub events and outreach. We are excited to be working with Commsworld on this project and will be developing this program with Commsworld over the coming weeks and months.

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