Science Centre Installs Collaboration Technology

Students and young people using Glasgow Science Centre to improve their development in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills – and ultimately their route into future career paths – are to benefit from the introduction of a new communications network.

The ‘collaboration technology’ will allow students and teachers to seamlessly connect, communicate and network with scientists from around the world through voice and video.

It will also allow visitors to the Glasgow Science Centre to join seminars as well as share experience and knowledge with experts around the globe.

The project is a result of a partnership between IT giant Cisco and Lanarkshire based communications specialist Provista UK.

Provista UK will implement and support a Cisco Collaboration solution to ensure smooth running in the future.

Provista UK Director Stuart Little said: “There can be no better venue in Glasgow to champion science and STEM learning so are delighted to support GSC in partnership with Cisco.

“As a young but growing Scottish company we know the benefits of having a highly skilled and locally-sourced workforce who are at the cutting-edge of STEM knowledge.

“We look forward to working with GSC in the future and enabling the best possible learning environment for the benefit of all who will visit and use the new facilities.”

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive at Glasgow Science Centre, said: “The equipment and technology will allow pupils at the Science Centre to meet and engage with experts working in the STEM industry from anywhere in the world using the telepresence technology.

“It could be an engineer working on an oilrig in the North Sea, a physicist at CERN, a scientist at NASA or a researcher from a university. The possibilities are endless.

“We want to inspire young people to develop an interest in STEM subjects and enable them to pursue rewarding and exciting careers within the industry. This new programme element will help us bring these jobs to life in real time and demonstrate the many varied careers that are available to our young people.”

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