School children have been challenged to come up with creative and innovate ways technology can be applied to transform Edinburgh into a smart city.
The move is part of a project that will see local businesses and organisations team up to deliver the Smart City-focused Internet of Things (IoT) pilot programme. Project partners include CityFibre, the City of Edinburgh Council and the University of Edinburgh’s Data Education in Schools programme.
The purpose of the project, which starts this spring, is to increase the number of pupils engaging with data science in school. Children will be encouraged to develop their understanding of data-driven solutions and how data can be utilised to solve a number of issues, such as monitoring air-quality in playgrounds or using tech to improve traffic flow.
Children will be invited in May 2020 to attend a Smart Cities event in Edinburgh where they will be able to showcase their solutions.
Elaine Doherty, CityFibre’s city manager for Edinburgh, said: “We can’t wait to hear about the creative ideas school pupils have to use IoT technologies and make the most of Edinburgh’s new full fibre infrastructure.
“While most schools and City of Edinburgh Council buildings have been connected to full fibre, construction is well underway to extend the benefits of a full fibre network to almost every home and business across the city with the first homes to be connected next month.”
As part of the project, CityFibre will also provide schools in Edinburgh with IoT technology kits over the next 12 months. This will enable pupils to practice solving challenges using sensors and data analysis.
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Professor Judy Robertson, chair in Digital Learning, at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Education, Community and Society, said: “The project is a fantastic addition to our Data Education for Schools project.
“By bringing business, schools and the university together we can ensure that we are providing young people with skills and confidence to take full advantage of the opportunities provided within our data driven society.”
Council Leader Adam McVey said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people across Edinburgh to explore how digital technology can change the way we live our lives – and to help us come up with data-driven solutions for some of the challenges facing the capital.
“Thanks to this partnership with CityFibre and the University of Edinburgh, the next generation of problem-solvers will gain the skills needed to deliver a truly smart city for the future.”