IT and communications firm Cisco announced it is teaming up with STEMNET, which promotes science and technology, to challenge students across the United Kingdom to create an online presence for the U.K. Paralympics team.
Cisco is the official network infrastructure provider of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games to be held in London.
Students, ages 11-14, are invited to design an official web page for Rachel Morris, a leading U.K. paralympian.
“Technology is a big part of my sport, with advancements over the last few decades opening up Paralympic cycling to a wider range of categories, events and competitors,” Morris said. “As I prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, it will be great to get school students from across the country involved in my preparations, as well as educating them on disability and sport.”
The students will work in teams on the design challenge, which launches this week and runs until April 20th. Top prizes include a Cisco-paid trip to the World Skills 2011 Conference and as much as £1,000 of STEM equipment for the winning team’s school.
“At Cisco, we are passionate about supporting education in the U.K. to help to ensure that tomorrow’s workforce has the capabilities and skills to flourish in the digital economy, and the STEM Challenge is a fantastic way to help build those skills,” said Neil Crocket, managing director of Cisco U.K. and Ireland.