Online launch of the 2016-2017 competition takes place September 20th at 12.30pm
Issued: Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:17:00 BST
The Little BIG Awards are about closing the engineering and digital skills gaps within the United Kingdom as the country looks to attract more engineering and digital talent, to ensure the UK maintains its competitive edge and continues to foster innovation, which ultimately drives economic growth.
Who can take part?
Anyone aged 11-13 can take part. You will work in teams of 3 – 6 pupils. Each school can send one team to their regional final – the school can run internal heats if more students want to get involved.
Winners from the regional finals will be invited to attend a National Final at Cisco’s UK Headquarters.
What do you get from participating?
The Little BIG Awards is a rewarding and exciting way for students to improve their business and life skills, while also being a fun way to cover some academic topics that will help them towards formal qualifications.
For teachers, the Little BIG Awards will help you to meet the requirements of the curriculum for Computer Science, such as:
- using operators and logic to make decisions based on inputs
- understanding networks of computers and how they communicate
- handling very large datasets and processing lots of things in parallel
… and of course there are prizes!
At the regional awards the winning team will receive a trophy, a certificate and a place at the national final.
At the national final the winning team will receive a trophy, a certificate, each student in the team will recieve a £100 voucher (up to 6 students per team).
This year the winning school will also have the chance to have Cisco come to your school – we'll work with you to decide how we can help - we could bring demos, speakers, careers advice, whatever works for you!
The Little BIG Awards needs STEM Ambassadors too!
As a STEM Ambassador your experience, support and knowledge of the world of work can make an essential contribution to the students as they work on their project. You can find out more by watching the video here, learn about how Ambassadors can get involved here, and register your interest here!