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Creator of Clumsy Ninja and Grand Theft Auto Graphics makes $527m

With  news that  NaturalMotion ,  the company behind some popular gaming graphics founded by  a doctoral researcher in Zoology, being sold for $527m, young entrepreneurs might be well advised to think twice as to their choice of HE and FE. Skirting science brings together students, research scientists and commercial organisations to allow the students to see STEM subjects  in action outside the classroom environment.  With a new era of technology based enterprises bringing innovation to all sorts of commercial applications, STEM education may be a key element for more and more of those wishing to set up business ventures.

http://www.balderton.com/portfolio/naturalmotion

Over a million job vacancies in ICT !

Over a million job vacancies in ICT !

Skirting Science aims to help inspire young female students to consider career opportunities in the light of STEM linked workshops. At a time  of chronic unemployment in much of Europe, especially in the under 30s age group, it is hoped that this project will help young women to find fulfilling and secure employment in the future. Since it is reported from Davos this week that there needs to be further action to remedy the  skills shortage in the ever expanding  fields of technology and communications, the role of Skirting Science seems even more pertinent than ever.

The problem is well set out in the report ‘Making Education Work’ chaired by Sir Roy Anderson (http://uk.pearson.com/making-education-work.html). The transition from job-destructive technology to income creative development may well be painful process, but without the skills to equip the youngsters of today for this brave new world, employers will have to search hard for the right skills.

Skirting Science works!

Good news for everyone who has attended Skirting Science: the more employer contacts you recall having whilst at school, the more you’re likely to earn when in full-time employment as young adults! In March, the internationally-influential peer-reviewed Journal of Education and Work published Taskforce research team findings that illustrated the connection between school-arranged employer contacts (such as work experience, careers talks, workplace visits) and later wage premiums of up to 18%.

 Read the full report here

 

School Girls Make Science History!

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Friday 13th  is unlucky for some, but last week schoolgirls participating in “Skirting Science” (an event to encourage girls to study science) made science history during an exciting interactive workshop run by researchers from Cardiff University. 

The research group, headed by Dr Marc Pearton, has been developing a method for delivering pain free vaccination with needles that are so small they can only be seen with a microscope. The school girls succeeded in producing the micro-needles using the new techniques developed at the University of Cardiff.  Dr Pearton said “This is the first time, anywhere in the world, that these micro-needles have been manufactured outside of a research lab!”

Skirting Science Wins International Best Practise Award

Skirting Science has beaten thousands of other global projects to win international recognition from the Soroptimist International organisation; which supports and promotes women’s achievements in 124 countries and has over 90,000 members.

SI recognised four years of work and energy behind Skirting Science by awarding the project its highest possible accolade, the overall International Best Practice Award, beating over four and half thousand other projects from around the world!

Read this press release for more information: International Recognition for Skirting Science