Trash pick-up shoe design could win school kids a spot in innovation program

School programs run by INNOVATION could be the missing link in Scotland’s education system, according to the boss of a global company.

That’s why Scottish company Peak Scientific is funding 30 places at a summer school and has challenged schoolchildren across Scotland to design a pair of shoes that can collect litter to win a free place in an education programme. leading.

The competition was organized by the Inchinnan-based company which invests over £50,000 in Free Places, a global specialist in gas generation systems for analytical laboratories, with the aim of upgrading the workforce Scottish work of the future. The company believes that funding NuVuX Summer School places in Glasgow from July 16-23 is a worthwhile investment for them.

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Jonathan Golby, Chief Scientific Officer of Peak, said, “One of the things we’ve always found challenging has been acquiring talent and getting the right talent to the right place. We found it increasingly difficult in Scotland and had to bring in talent from overseas or other places in the UK.

“We thought that this concept with the program was a very good way to advance the education system, it does not mean that the traditional methods of education are bad.”

Students working on the NuVu program

He said they are also trying to educate the public school system that there is another way.

Mr. Golby added: “Not all students learn in the same way. And while traditional curriculum-based learning works for many, other students thrive in an environment where it’s less about exams and more about using practical skills and collaborating with others to carry out a project.

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Mr. Golby says now might be the time for the education system to evolve to keep up with the skills that companies demand from their future workforce. He hopes the idea of ​​innovation programs can be adopted at Scottish government level.

Jonathan Golby, Chief Scientific Officer of Peak

Jonathan Golby, Chief Scientific Officer of Peak

“We think it’s something that needs to be taken to the highest level, get the concept out there and we think it’s something that should be available to all children,” he added.

“As the education system evolves, businesses evolve and the need to find new talent to enter the business is constantly changing and I believe the education system needs to keep pace. Business needs today are very different from what they were about 20 years ago. It is a good way to advance and change the current education system. It’s potentially a very good opportunity to be ahead of the game in Scotland.

“The changemakers, entrepreneurs and innovators of the future need a different solution than what has been offered in the past,” he added.

School children are invited to participate in a competition to design waste collection shoes

School children are invited to participate in a competition to design waste collection shoes

He said the NuVuX program gives students the license to develop their own answers and solutions, using their own initiative and intelligence to drive the process and solve open problems.

Participants who come up with the most innovative anti-litter footwear concepts – chosen by a panel of experts – will be invited to join the summer school. Any public school pupil in Scotland over the age of 13 can apply.

The intensive summer school will be housed in the UK’s first school of innovation – a £2.5 million purpose-built building that is part of Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow’s West End.

Saba Ghole, co-founder of NuVuX

Saba Ghole, co-founder of NuVuX

The theme of the summer school will be green wearable technology, and students will be guided by NuVuX’s team of innovators – made up of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard graduates – as they design products that will make the world a better place.

Using innovative approaches, materials, and technologies, students will learn how to create wearable technology that measures and improves the health of the environment.

Boston-based NuVu was founded by a trio of MIT graduates in 2010 with a mission to transform education around the world.

In 2015, NuVu launched NuVuX to bring its innovative model to schools around the world, replacing traditional classrooms and passive learning with open hands-on studios.

NuVu Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Saba Ghole said, “At NuVu, students experience a new way of learning. We combine design technology and social issues to give students the opportunity to explore their creative side. We are delighted that Peak Scientific has opened the door to what could be a life-changing experience for 30 talented young people.

“NuVuX’s true motivation is to infuse education with creative learning, problem solving and critical thinking about the world around us. Our mission is to empower the next generation of young designers, entrepreneurs, makers and inventors who will impact their communities and their world through their work and ideas.

Schoolchildren over 13 can register here

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