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9th January 2023
The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre has partnered with Raising Aspirations in Science Education and the City of Glasgow College to develop a new #DigiInventors Challenge Primary School Edition.
The Challenge is a new real-life teaching and learning activity that will inspire and empower our younger pupils to identify and develop entrepreneurial and digital skills while raising awareness of career opportunities in the digital health and care sector.
It encourages Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils to identify daily health challenges and come up with ideas that could be transformed into potential digital health and care solutions.
Raising Aspirations In Science Education (RAiSE) has developed a suite of teaching resources, that link with Second Level CfE outcomes, and can be delivered in a block of lessons in the classroom over a 7-week period, giving teachers everything they need to get their pupils involved!
The Challenge kicks off on Monday 09 January and will run until Friday 24 February 2023. Pupils are invited to submit their ideas, which will be evaluated by our panel of judges, led by Gillian Reilly, Primary Science and Sustainability Development Officer at South Lanarkshire Council.
Successful students will be invited to the City of Glasgow College for an awards ceremony and to collect their trophies and prizes.
For more information on the challenge or to get involved: www.digiinventors.com
Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre; said:
“This is a really exciting initiative that will introduce pupils to the world of digitally enabled healthcare in a way that is both informative, educational and fun.
Getting children to think not only about their own health and well-being but possible career opportunities in the future can only be a good thing. DHI is proud to be working with RAiSE and City of Glasgow College to deliver this exciting initiative.”
Gillian Reilly, Primary Science and Sustainability Development Officer at South Lanarkshire Council, said:
This challenge invites children in P5- P7 to imagine if they were an engineer, what digital solution for young people’s health and care would they design. It encourages them to think of real-world health issues allowing them to research their chosen area and explore digital solutions that already exist using this information to support the design of their own unique solution. As well as annotated diagrams of their digital design, the children are asked to create a 5-minute presentation explaining why this is important to the health and care of young people answering the 6 application questions. The Digi Inventors Challenge is a very engaging and immersive project for young people allowing them to showcase their creative digital solutions.
Roy Gardner, Vice Principal Corporate Development & Innovation, City of Glasgow College, said:
"As chair of the Glasgow Regional STEM Hub, I’m aware of the opportunities to support engagement with schools and inspire pupils to use their creativity to solve real world problems. Having supported the #DigiInventors Challenge in 2022, extending our support to the #DigiInventors Challenge Primary School Edition, reinforces our commitment to let learning flourish through inspiration. I’m sure the young people will find solutions that will show their level of creativity and entrepreneurialism and we look forward to seeing the ideas that come from the competition."
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The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is one of Scotland’s seven innovation centres. It is a national resource, funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council, and has its head office within the Glasgow City Innovation District. It is a world-leading collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art and The University of Strathclyde (their host institution), with a focus on innovating in digital health and care to help the people of Scotland live longer, healthier lives while providing sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Their mission is to transform great ideas into real solutions…
Raising Aspirations in Science Education Programme (RAiSE) is a programme of The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and participating local authorities. They have become an education partner for the #DigiInventors Challenge Primary School Edition and have produced all the curriculum and lessons plans.
The City of Glasgow College is a further and higher education college in the city of Glasgow. It was founded in 2010 when the Central College, Glasgow Metropolitan College, and the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies merged. It is the largest college and technical institution in Scotland and is a delivery partner of the #DigiInventors Challenge- Primary School Edition. DHI are working closely with their students to provide work experience opportunities as part of their contribution to the Challenge.
The #DigiInventors Challenge Primary School Edition is a new real-life teaching and learning activity that will inspire and empower our younger people to identify and develop entrepreneurial and digital skills while raising awareness of career opportunities in the digital health and care sector. It acts as a feeder into the main #DigiInventors Challenge Secondary School Edition, which is an international activity running in Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. Learn more at www.digiinventors.com