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iSGTW Link of the week - NGS, Grids and kids, and more

Link of the week - NGS, Grids and kids, and more

Film editing at the IT Development Day

Image courtesy of NGS

This week we take you to the latest issue of the quarterly newsletter of the UK National Grid Service (NGS). You'll find several interesting articles, but we want to highlight one in particular: Grids and Kids

Georgina Ellis from SGI introduced Year 6 at her local primary school to the wonders of grid computing with a little help from the National Grid Service (NGS).

The NGS supports a number of initiatives for schools and colleges and, when approached by St Johns Primary School in Wetley Rocks Staffordshire, they were happy to provide resources to their IT Development Day for the Year 6 Students. The Developer Day was devised by Georgina Ellis, Parent Governor and HPC Salesperson at SGI.

Georgina explained that she "wanted to give an introduction to an aspect of computing that in many cases is unheard of in schools until University or even PhD level and yet children at this age, 10-11 are more IT literate than any previous generation. However their knowledge is more point and click rather than devise and programme. I wanted the children to see the possibilities afforded by modern computing so they could begin to develop their skills and aim themselves toward them."

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