From the Wires
Xirrus Launches "Art-of-Wi-Fi" Schools Competition to Help Students Develop Digital Skills
By: Marketwire .
Nov. 19, 2012 05:00 AM
LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 11/19/12 -- Xirrus®, the leader in high-performance wireless networking, today announced the launch of its nationwide UK "Art-of-Wi-Fi" Competition. The initiative will help students develop the creative skills they need for today's technology-driven economy, including digital art, animation and coding. Students will be invited to submit their digital designs and enter the competition to win their school £ 10,000.
Entries will be based on visual interpretations of the themes 'How Technology Helps Me Learn' or 'The Future Classroom'. Pupils from UK schools will create art and animations using smartphones, tablets and computers powered by wireless networks. Entries will be uploaded to a competition microsite in an attempt to build Britain's largest virtual children's art exhibition.
Shane Buckley, CEO of Xirrus, said: "Technology has the power to unleash a new wave of creativity and learning in the school environment. Wireless technology can expand your horizon, whether you're a teacher, a pupil, a business, a school, or anyone that wants to get online and be connected. We hope that by showcasing the best of art and technology combined, we can send a message to the UK, and beyond, that great connections can enable great achievements."
Support from the Education Community
"We all know technology is an important part of teaching and education, but the most exciting thing about it is when we see technology working seamlessly with teachers' and pupils' creativity. There are some amazing talents waiting to be discovered through the Art-of-Wi-Fi and I can't wait to see the entries starting to come in," said Estelle Morris.
Stephen adds: "No one really knows how good our children can be, but when we surprise them with great challenges, they astonish us right back with their ingenuity. This is such an exciting competition."
Building skills for digital workplace
"The 'Art-of-Wi-Fi' competition provides a fantastic opportunity to bring important digital skills into the classroom," said CoderDojo ambassador Lord David Puttnam. "The failure to emphasise the importance of programming skills within the core curriculum puts at risk the future job prospects of a whole generation of bright young students, many of whom will find themselves disadvantaged in the competition for the most desirable, and well paid areas of employment."
"Technology plays an important role in our lives and should be incorporated into the education of our children, to develop the skills they will need in today's digital workplace," agrees Matthew Bell, UK Secondary Education Manager at Autodesk, a 3D design company that provides free software to students. "This competition will inspire students to use new technologies at school and outside the classroom," he added.
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