In the Know – The Future is Now!

In the Know – The Future is Now!

In The Know What's new? Young people

Have you noticed how technology has become a part of our everyday lives? What was once thought to be futuristic is now a possibility. This opens a whole new door of exciting opportunities that young people can explore. This week we have three events which give young people a chance to explore technology at its best!

V&A Create! Video game Design
Especially for the gamers, the V&A brings you a workshop for young people aged 13-15 interested in video game design. Young people will get to work with the V&A’s Videogames Artist in Residency, Matteo Menapace, and create and capture new ideas for a videogame. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to gain insight into all the aspects of game design. To find out more, click here.

Rolls Royce and The Institute of Imagination
Bookings are now open for Lab Life: Pioneering the Power That Matters. This family event will give everyone the opportunity to explore invention, prototyping, electrification and power. The day aims to inspire new generations about the challenges and possibilities presented by our future energy demands, as well as introduce the role that electrification can play. To book tickets, click here.

3D Printing Workshop
S.T.E.A.M POWER is an organisation that facilitates workshops in STEM to children aged 8 to 16. This particular workshop teaches young people how to use the computer program which controls the 3D printer. Young people will be able to design and print their very own unique pen with the help of skilled volunteers. Best of all, they get to keep their specially designed pen! To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Exciting STEM opportunities!

In the Know – Exciting STEM opportunities!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer fascinating learning experiences and rewarding career opportunities. In fact, STEM jobs are expected to grow at double the rate of other occupations creating 142,000 jobs between now and 2023, according to a report published by the Social Market Foundation and EDF. Here are three exciting opportunities for young people interested in learning more about STEM.

Routes into STEM
These innovative 3-day non-residential courses are focused on helping young people in Years 9 and 10 know more about the rewarding and challenging careers Maths and Science subjects can lead to. You will also get to engage with a college, a university and a company to compare routes into STEM careers and visualise your dream career and how to make it happen. Applications are currently open and there are bursaries available. Find out more here.

She Does Biomaths Competition
To celebrate the Year of Mathematical Biology, the University of Cambridge Newnham College and Lucy Cavendish College are inviting female GCSE students and to explore some of the intriguing connections between mathematics and the biological sciences. The competition is open to girls studying at a standard age UK state school who are starting Year 11 or Year 12 in September 2018, and there are two projects that they can choose from. Applications are open now and you can find out more here.

Inspire Courses
The Engineering Development Trust offers courses for young people in Year 11 who have a passion for STEM to be inspired at a leading UK university. During the course, you will be introduced to engineering or science through project work and workshops to give you a flavour of what to expect at university, and you will get to meet engineers, scientists, researchers and professionals. There are non-residential and residential options available, with bursaries also available. Applications are still open and you can find out more here.

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that focus on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Engineering and tech events this month!

In the Know – Engineering and tech events this month!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Several years ago, most promising graduates from top universities used to flock to rewarding careers in finance. Today, on the other hand, young people are increasingly pursuing jobs in tech and engineering because these careers, dominated by tech companies like Google and Apple, are more innovative in nature, give employees a deeper sense of motivation and offer wider flexibility. Here are three upcoming events for young people interested in these fields.

Coolest Projects UK
Coolest Projects is a world-leading annual showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, changemakers, and entrepreneurs. At this free event, young people can explore the infinite possibilities of interacting with digital technology, try out amazing software and augmented reality experiences, learn about using programming to help people all over the globe, and much more. The event will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 28th April 2018. Find out more here.

The Bright Ideas Challenge
Students aged 11 to 14 can enter The Bright Ideas Challenge by Shell which invites young people to use their creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power healthy and clean cities of the future. Students will need to talk to their science teacher about entering the competition and the deadline is on Friday 27th April 2018 at 5pm. There are great prizes available including cash prizes for students and schools, access to workshops, and a funded VIP experience at the Make the Future Live event in London. Find out more on how to enter here.

To Mars and Beyond: Engineering Our Future in Space
Organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this event offers students interested in engineering and space exploration to hear from well-established professionals about the growing space industry, the latest technologies including the ExoMars Rover and satellite engineering projects, and future opportunities as space becomes more commercial. The event is free for students and £10 for adults and is taking place on the 23rd of April 2018 from 6pm to 8.30pm. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Spring STEM activities!

In the Know – Spring STEM activities!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With the season of Spring officially beginning, we are sure that your child is eager to put their winter jackets away and step into the warm sunshine (when it does eventually return). While they wait for the sun to show up, here are some upcoming events and fun activities for them to learn more about the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Imperial Festival 2018
The annual Imperial Festival returns on the 28th-29th April at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. This free event is open to all ages and offers a showcase of technological marvels to celebrate the Year of Engineering, a hands-on zone for families, and talks from world-leading thinkers and innovators. There will also be a chance to go behind-the-scenes and explore the latest research and innovations from Imperial College London through interactive demonstrations, workshops and live experiments. Find out more here.

Young Astronomers Workshop
The Planetarium & Astronomy Centre of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich offers free weekend workshops for young aspiring astronomers. Running from the 1st of April to the 30th of June, these workshops will allow your child to learn about space science and exploration, and also learn more about careers in astronomy from the team of Observatory Explainers. Find out more here.

The Deep Time Walk
The Deep Time Walk is a ground-breaking new project, which enables anyone, anywhere to experience a walking audio history of the living Earth. As you walk across 4.6km of deep time (representing 4.6bn years of Earth’s big history), you witness the formation of our planet and its self-sustaining nature and you experience long geological processes and self-regulating patterns that have produced our current conditions. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. You can also find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Activities for British Science Week 2018!

In the Know – Activities for British Science Week 2018!

In The Know Parents What's new?

British Science Week is an annual ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for young people and adults. Below are some of these activities to get your child excited about science this week.

British Science Week Poster Competition
Creative students can immerse themselves in science by taking part in this poster competition. The theme for this year is exploration and discovery, and there is an array of great prizes up for grabs. Students can enter individually or as a team, with help from their school. In the senior category, entrants must be in Year 7 to 9. There is still time to submit your poster as the closing date for entries is Friday the 6th of April 2018. Find out more here.

App Design Workshop
This free workshop is for young aspirational app designers between the ages of 10 and 14. At this event, they will learn more about designing digital products and software, and by the end of the workshop, they would have produced their first app prototype to present to the group. Additionally, they will also learn about presentation skills and practice. The event is taking place tomorrow, Saturday the 17th of March 2018 from 9.30am to 5pm at the Woolwich Centre Library. Find out more here.

Zoom In: A Closer Look at Science
Part of the Science Week programme at the British Museum, this free event promises to be interesting. You will get a chance to meet the Museum’s scientists and conservators, and take a closer look at work that goes on behind the scenes. You will also discover how science unlocks objects’ secrets, learn about techniques used to preserve objects for future generations, and see the latest technology in action. The event is taking place tomorrow, Saturday the 17th of March 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Great Court in the British Museum. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

7 Ways to Use Technology for Good

7 Ways to Use Technology for Good

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Parenting can be challenging at times as it is, but parenting in the 21st century certainly brings on board a whole lot of different concerns. Especially when it comes to monitoring children’s exposure to technology. What is the daily limit of allowing your child to watch TV or play computer games?  What precautions can parents take to ensure children’s safety online? At what age are they allowed a smartphone?

Living in the information age where knowledge is freely available at the click of a button, means that children are learning at a much faster pace than before. Years of information and research are now contained within pages of compressed knowledge which has been simplified. There are also images and videos available to easily illustrate complexed concepts allowing children to take in information and knowledge without a long-term commitment.

A study conducted by Info Central in 2016 concluded that the average age for children to own an electronic device with access to the internet is 10, with over 64% of children favouring the tablet as a form of entertainment during car rides or while at home.

Children are very much aware of the World Wide Web and they want in. Trying to deny children access to the internet and technology may not be the best approach and you may end up doing the opposite of what you’ve hoped to achieve.  Parents need to strive towards guiding their children so that they are confident in using the internet and most importantly, be able to identify potential online danger.

The advance in technology is neither a good or bad thing. It is innovative and it simplifies a lot of once complex processes. It is neither helpful nor detrimental in itself, the latter is dependent on how you use it. Technology has revolutionised every sector and industry ranging from the corporate workplace, beauty, art as well as education.

Parents can utilise educational technology to empower their children and contribute to their growth and knowledge. Children should be taught how to use the internet and guiding them through this is the first step to empowering them with the right knowledge.

Here are seven ways to use technology for good:

E-Classrooms
The internet is home to various platforms where children can get the extra help that they need.  From online exercises and courses to online tutoring. E-classrooms often provide a supportive environment for learners and reward systems that encourage a learner’s strengths. Some courses are designed for particular grades and levels of knowledge and may be accompanied by virtual assistants who guide children through exercises and others encourage parent participation which can be a great way to spend quality time together.

Free Podcasts and Videos
Free podcasts and videos are more accessible as most platforms do not require the creation of an account before the information becomes available to the end user. The information obtained from free podcasts and videos may be a little less reliable than official e-classrooms that use curriculum materials pertaining to the country. Be that as it may, platforms like Youtube and scholarly articles shared online still remains a good source of information for young people to learn and improve their knowledge. Since the content of free podcasts and videos have not been certified and approved by scholarly boards, further research on topics might be needed to avoid being misinformed.

Mentoring Websites
One of the biggest advantages of the internet is that it connects people. Mentoring websites connects experienced people who are willing to shed light on industries with parents and their children looking for first-hand information. This can be extremely helpful when children start to consider different career options.  A mentoring website can provide children with answers pertaining to their prospective careers and what they will need to increase their chances of success.

Self Care Websites
The downside of free-flowing information is that it is not censored. Children can sometimes come across content that can negatively affect their confidence and perception of self.  It’s important that children think of the internet as a resource to build good self-confidence and a healthy self-image. There are several websites that offer health tips as well as emotional and psychological care guidelines. Positive affirmation is particularly strong and when coupled with love, support and guidance children receive from home,  these websites can help them distinguish between positive and empowering information and also help them identify and prepare them to deal with negative content.

Technology as an outlet for creativity
Another great way technology can enrich children’s lives is by providing an outlet for the creative and talented. There are great apps available, from online videos to singing apps likes Musical.ly.  Another great app is Soundcloud which allows the user to share audio files, and let’s not forget to mention Apple’s GarageBand! These are all healthy ways for children to stay focused on school and be expressive at the same time.

Calendars
It is beneficial for children to learn how to manage their time appropriately and how to organise their day. Over time they will be able to balance school and their social lives independently. Calendars are now integrated into electronic devices like phones and tablets. Google Calendar allows users to synchronise calendars between family members, friends and even schools. This is a great way for parents to keep a watchful eye on their children’s schedule without seeming too overwhelming and allow children to learn how to manage and organise their time.

Educational Chat Rooms
Apps like Whatsapp are a favourite among preteens and adolescents. Instead of just being used for passing time, they can also be used to network and discuss ideas and help clarify questions for group assignments. This free app is a useful tool because it can be used by children from all financial backgrounds. Parents can create these chat groups for their children within the app and children can exchange images, audio and links to information over the app.

GT Scholars is a non-profit organisation that focuses on social mobility and growth mindset. They also run an afterschool tutoring programme that includes online tutoring, mentoring as well as skill building and enrichment activities for young people aged 11-16. For more information on how to join the GT Scholars programme please feel free send an email to contactus@gtscholars.org

 

In the Know – STEM activities for girls!

In the Know – STEM activities for girls!

In The Know Parents What's new?

In the UK, only 25% of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates are female, and only 21% of the STEM workforce is made up of women. This lack of women in STEM means we are lacking the perspectives of half the world’s population! More girls and young women should be encouraged to study and work in fascinating and lucrative STEM fields, and these three engaging programmes aim to do just that.

Step into STEM 2018
Step into STEM is a 7-month mentoring programme funded and supported by O2, BT, Vodafone and Ericsson to give female students in Year 12 or college access to professionals in the Technology Sector. Delivered and managed by Girls Talk London, this programme will provide structured support and guidance on careers, employability skills and future educational plans in STEM. They also host a two-day careers technology summit in July. To apply for a place please complete the application form before Thursday the 1st of March at 5pm.

TeenTech Awards
The TeenTech Awards are for UK students from 11-16 (Years 7 to 11) and 16-19 (Years 12 to 13) working in teams of up to three to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things. They encourage students to develop their own ideas for making life better, simpler, safer or more fun. There are several categories to choose from for each age group. Projects need to be submitted online by 31st March and you can find out more here.

Stemettes Hack Cambridge @ Microsoft Research
Microsoft Research and Stemettes invite girls aged 5 all the way up to 22 to a weekend of creativity and fun with women in STEM. The event will be all about coding and will be the perfect opportunity to explore and play about in the creative, exciting world of technology. The event also promises to provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with STEM professionals. The event takes place on Saturday the 17th of March and on Sunday the 18th of March. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

10 Websites young people can use to learn anything online

10 Websites young people can use to learn anything online

What's new? Young people

Knowledge is power! Learning new things can change your life for the better. It will give your self-esteem a boost and it will also affect the way you do things on a day to day basis. On top of that, you will experience personal growth.

Being in a constant flow of learning new things ensures that we are current and up to date with our ever-changing, fast-paced environment. It makes us open to new, exciting opportunities and will kick start a personal growth journey filled with endless possibilities. As long as we can learn, the sky’s the limit! If we do not learn new things we stagnate and eventually we will start moving backwards.

Because there is absolutely nothing to lose, except your comfort zone, there should be no reason why you should not visit one of these awesome websites to embark on your new journey!

  1.  CodeAcademy  – The demand for people who have coding skills are on the rise. This is not only true for developers, programming is on the way of playing bigger roles in everyday career paths. With coding added to your list of skills, you can definitely pursue a more rewarding career. Codecademy offers free coding classes covering 12 different programming languages, which include, Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, to name a few.
  2. PhotographyCourse.net – A picture is worth a thousand words. It will be worth your while to have photography added to your skills list. It is a powerful tool which allows us to share and to communicate to those around us.  This website offers free online photography courses. You can enrol in comprehensive photography lessons that cover various topics, such as Photographic Lenses, How to Use Your Camera, Light and the Photographer, and Digital Cameras.

  3. Adobe Photoshop CC – The Complete Beginners Guide – Photo editing is just as important as the actual photo shoot.  Editing defines the mood of the photograph and enhances the overall message that a photo is supposed to deliver. Up your skills with this free course by Adobe Know How. Having photo editing skills can open many doors.

  4. Channel 9 Web Development – If you are interested in a career in web design, go check out  Channel 9 Web Development. This website offers a course for beginners wanting to learn web design.  The course is presented online in a series of 21 videos of 30 minutes long in length. You will only be able to move on to the next lesson if you can master the basics of the lesson before.  At the end of the course, you should be able to create a very good website.

  5. Yousician –  Yousician is an interactive music service that allows you to learn and play a musical instrument.  The website supports the guitar, piano, ukulele and bass.  The site offers easy step by step tutorials and proves exercises based on your performance level.  Starting a band has never been easier.

  6. Developing Android Apps Android Fundamentals – Google and Udacity have teamed up to launch a free crash course in Android development. This course covers theory as well as practice to teach you how to build great apps in a jiffy. The course has step-by-step instructions to teach you how to build a cloud-connected Android app. You will also learn the best practices of mobile development, mainly focussing on Android development.

  7. DuDuolingo – Knowing an additional language can open a world of job opportunities and at the same time establish meaningful connections and be the start of possible cross-cultural friendships. Whether you want to learn a new language from scratch or just want to brush up on your French skills, this site is ideal.

  8. Blender – Animation is everywhere, whether it is in a movie, a TV commercial or business presentation. It will be definitely worth your while to master this skill. Blender is a 3D animation software that can be used to create amazing 3D images and animate them. The best of all is that the software is free and so are the courses. So if you are interested in a career in animation, be sure to check out this site.

  9. Alison.com’s Sketchup course – Do you want to become the next most sought after architect? Get a headstart with yet another awesome program that is completely free to download. The good news is that some architect firms actually recognises Sketchup as a valid 2D plan drawing tool. A free course, plus a free software! Isn’t that cool?

  10. Music Technology Foundations by EDX – All features and materials may not be available as this is the free version of the course. EdX keeps courses open for enrollment after the end to allow learners to explore content and continue learning. The course offers history, theory and practice of music technology, Sound, audio, MIDI, effects and sequencing. It also entails hands-on practice with music-making using contemporary digital tools

So, what are you waiting for? Information has never been this easily accessible We need to grasp every opportunity to learn with both hands. The world (or should I say web) is definitely your oyster!  There are numerous free and low-cost websites and apps available on the Internet.  The list above is only but to name a few. It is also worth to mention that Youtube also offers thousands of video tutorials on a wide variety of topics.  To find out about more great opportunities and events for young people, feel free to sign up to our newsletter.

The GT Scholars programme wants to help young people aged 11-16 to achieve excellent grades and reach their future goals. If you’re interested, you’ll need to register your interest or give us a call on 020 881 68066.

 

In the Know – Become a filmmaker this October!

In the Know – Become a filmmaker this October!

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This October sees the annual BFI Film Festival, undoubtedly UK’s biggest celebrations of international cinema. Among the many festival events that are happening, we want to tell you about great opportunities for your child if they want to learn more about and get involved in the field of film-making and cinema.

Bell House Movie Workshop
This October half-term, the Bell House centre in Dulwich is hosting an exciting Halloween movie-making course. The course includes learning how to create fun and unique production designs, learn some special and technical effects, as well as practise directing, acting and camera skills. The course runs from Monday the 23rd of October to Wednesday the 25th. They are providing 4 free places to pupils on Free School Meals! If you are interested in enrolling your child, contact us as soon as possible so you don’t miss out.

BFI Film Academy
If you are between the ages of 16 and 19 and you are passionate about film and a career in the film industry, then the BFI Film Academy is for you! Hosted in London by the Mouth That Roars Studio, the programme is free for successful applicants. In the academy, you will explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment, while also gaining valuable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field. Deadline for applications is the 17th of November, and you can find out more and how to apply here.

Into Film Clubs
Into Film Clubs are a fun and valuable way to engage young people with and through film. The club provides opportunities to watch and discuss films, to understand how films are made, and to learn how to make your own film. The club also has a significant and positive impact on young people’s learning, in particular with regard to literacy, communication and social skills. The clubs are free for all state-funded schools or non-profits and are easy to set up or join. There is also an Into Film Festival coming up in November from the 8th to the 24th and bookings have already opened. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars programme is committed to the development of practical skills such as film-making. Look out for more details on our upcoming workshops on our website and social media pages. You can also contact us or give us a call on 02088168066 to find out more. If you want to stay up to date on events and opportunities for your child, sign up to our weekly newsletter. 

Parents: How to Secure Your Child’s Future in an Unpredictable World

Parents: How to Secure Your Child’s Future in an Unpredictable World

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Last month the British public voted to leave the EU. Whether you are for or against the UK’s break away from the union, it’s safe to say that the future of the young generation is relatively less stable now than it was before the EU referendum. Fears for the economy are seen to be impacting an education system that has already seen its fair share of changes this year. Add to this just how much technology has changed the job market over the past twenty years with the rise of location-independent workforces and quicker communications, and it’s clear that the best way to secure your child’s future is to prepare them for an unpredictable world.

So how can you tutor preparation in your child? The best way is to raise them with skills that can benefit their attitude towards their future, rather than their knowledge about it. Knowledge is important but motivation is key.

5 Skills for Young People to Help Secure Their Future

  1. A Growth Mindset

Fostering a growth mindset in your child will reduce their fears that some students are just naturally more gifted and talented than them, and encourage them to overcome unpredictable obstacles rather than let them hold them back.

Not only does a growth mindset help students overcome failing a test or experiencing drastic structural changes to a school system. It will also encourage persistence when the time comes to find a job.

  1. Digital skills

Being computer literate is as important today as being able to read and write was in the 20th century. Even professions that appear to rely on manual labour will have digital administration systems, and at the very least applying for work and managing your banking requires a certain level of experience online.

To prepare your child even more, free online coding classes are available as well as a number of other free online courses.

See more: The world of free online education.

  1. An entrepreneurial mindset

In some ways, many of the qualities of an entrepreneurial mindset work alongside a growth mindset; qualities such as learning from failure, persistence and a thirst for learning. But fostering entrepreneurial thinking in your child will also set them on a path of goal setting, learning how to find and use resources to meet those goals, and the independence to stand behind their entrepreneurial intentions with conviction.

  1. Curiosity

Here at GT Scholars we don’t believe that curiosity killed the cat. We believe that a child’s conscious effort to find out more about topics that interest them will set them up for a successful future in which they can learn independently of school systems, private tuition and parental guidance.

Encourage your child to ask questions, travel and experience different cultures, learn new languages and try different hobbies because their curiosity in any of these areas will show them a world outside their own. Preparing for an unpredictable world can be helped significantly by showing your child that the world won’t just change in the future, but is already a melting pot of differences from country to country.

  1. Workplace Agility

Alongside the ever-changing nature of the workplace environment is the growing need for employees who can manage various task areas, rather than just specialising in one. Your child’s success in an advertising role may, in the future, require them to also wear the design hat, write copy, and conduct outreach to digital media outside of traditional news and magazines such as online blogs, Instagram influencers and musicians.

Developing workplace agility, in essence the ability to switch between various jobs and job roles rather than remaining in one company department for 20 years will help them build another skill to prepare them for success in an unpredictable world.

We hope this is helpful to any parent that is worried about the future of their child in an unpredictable world, especially after the recent EU referendum. The GT Scholars programme is an after-school programme for ambitious young people that would like to achieve top grades at school, get into top universities and enter competitive careers. But we also believe in character education, and promote this by teaching perseverance, resilience, confidence and self motivation to prepare students for a successful future no matter what happens.

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