Free places at top innovation summer school for Lanarkshire pupils with most inventive litter-picking shoe designs

School pupils across Lanarkshire have been challenged to design a pair of shoes capable of collecting litter to win a free place at one of the world’s leading education programmes.

The competition has been organized by Scottish firm Peak Scientific, a global specialist in gas generation systems for analytical laboratories, in a bid to level-up Scotland’s workforce of the future.

The Inchinnan-based company is funding 30 free places to NuVuX’s summer school in Glasgow from July 16-23.

Entrants who come up with the most innovative concepts for litter-picking shoes – decided by a panel of experts – will be invited to join the summer school. Any pupil at a state school in Scotland over the age of 13 can apply.

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The intensive summer school will be hosted at the UK’s first innovation school – a purpose built £2.5m building which is part of Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow’s West End.

The theme of the summer school will be green wearable tech, and pupils will be guided by NuVuX’s team of innovators – made up of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard graduates – as they design products that will make the world a better place.

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Using innovative approaches, materials, and technologies, students will learn how to make wearable technology that measures and improves the environment’s health.

NuVu launched NuVuX to bring its innovative model to schools around the world, swapping traditional classrooms and passive learning for open-ended, hands-on studies

Boston-based NuVu was founded by a trio of MIT graduates in 2010 with a mission to transform education around the world.

In 2015, NuVu launched NuVuX to bring its innovative model to schools around the world, swapping traditional classrooms and passive learning for open-ended, hands-on studies.

NuVu co-founder and chief creative officer, Saba Ghole, said: “At NuVu, pupils discover a new way of learning. We combine design technology and social issues to give students the opportunity to explore their creative side. We are excited that Peak Scientific has opened the door to what could be a life changing experience for 30 talented young people.

“The real motivation for NuVuX is to infuse education with creative learning and problem solving and thinking critically about the world around us. Our mission is to empower the next generation of young designers, entrepreneurs, makers and inventors who will impact their communities and the world through their work and ideas.

“Traditional education doesn’t nurture pupils’ creativity and capacity for innovation.”

As it continues its expansion, NuVuX is currently in talks to bring its progressive learning model which combines studio-based learning with traditional coursework to UK-wide schools.

Peak scientific CEO Jonathan Golby believes NuVu’s model is the ‘missing piece in Scotland’s education system’.

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He said: “All young people deserve to experience this new way of learning. This is one small step towards trying to make every child in Scotland be better prepared to take on the jobs of the future.

“We believe adopting NuVu’s education model could be a differentiator for Scotland’s workforce of the future. The changemakers, entrepreneurs, and innovators of the future need a different solution to what’s been offered in the past.”

NuVuX’s integrated study programs, innovative curricula, teacher training, and on-the-ground pedagogical and technical support within your school are available to both independent schools and local authorities.

Pupils aged 13+ at state schools across Scotland can register their interest in the competition here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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