£40,000 Awarded To Establish A Maklab At Wick High School
10th May 2014
MAKLAB is one of several projects to benefit from SSE’s new £1m Highland Sustainable Fund.
It received an award of £40,000 (90% match funding) to establish a MAKLab North workshop at Wick High School and mobile MAKLAB to deliver access and skills training in digital fabrication technology across the Highland region.
MAKLAB is Scotland's only open access community digital fabrication studio, offering unique access to a range of innovative digital fabrication and traditional techniques from 3D printing and milling to digital knitting and jewellery making.
The award from the Sustainable Development Fund will help MAKLAB with its concept for ‘MAKLAB North’ which will deliver digital fabrication technology access and training in the Highlands with a focus on supporting career paths to emerging industries.
The project will involve establishing a fixed workshop at Wick High School to give pupils the opportunity to accurately design and construct the components using 3D printing technology.
There will also be a mobile van facility to visit outlying communities in the Highland region giving wider access to training and hands on experience of different digital fabrication technologies to all age ranges.
The aim is to produce a group of skilled and motivated young people for employment in engineering, renewable energy and the creative sector.
Chris Aitken, Head of Computing Science Department, Wick High School, said: “MAKLab and our partners Wick High School are delighted by the crucial support from SSE’s Sustainable Development Fund. The MAKLab North project will build on the strong engineering history of the Highlands and in particular allow communities to explore, create and develop a range of ideas from energy monitors to small scale renewables.
Around 400 pupils and teachers attending Newton Park Primary school and Nursery at Wick Campus in Wick will walk to their new school on Wednesday 26 April setting off at 9am from the Old Pulteneytown Academy building. The procession of pupils in their new school uniforms will be led by Highland Bagpipers Alistair Miller and Chester Henry, a P7 pupil, along the new pedestrian access path and ramp down to the new building.
The property is located in a pleasant residential area and is approximately a 5 minutes walk from Wick railway station and the Caithness General Hospital. The facilities of Wick town centre and the expanding Wick Harbour are approximately a 10 minute walk.
The progress of ICT learning by pupils at Wick High School is bucking national trends as more girls at the school take part in the "Apps for Good" programme and teams of boys and girls from the school win UK competitions. Five pupils, Leanne Cormack, Megan Shearer, Konrad Szewczyk, Ellora James, John Sutherland and their Teacher, Chris Aitken impressed Members of the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee with presentations about their experiences in developing Apps and participating in the "Apps for Good" final at London.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today broke the ground on the new £48.5 million Wick Community Campus. The facility, which will replace Wick High School, Pulteneytown Academy Primary School, and South Primary School, is part of Scotland's Schools for the Future programme and will receive more than £17 million from the Scottish Government.
Last year a group of Wick High School pupils won an award for creating great new app for your phone. It will cut down on paper work for farmers.
For the school rolls for all of Highland for the past five years see - Five Year School Rolls In Highland Primary School Capacity and Occupancy rates are published at Primary School Capacity and Occupancy.
A week long summer school was held in late July for students of Thurso, Wick and Farr High School students in 4th, 5th & 6th years to prepare them for the world of work. The course, organised by DSRL (Dounreay Site restoratiopn Ltd) on behalf of the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Agency), was supported by North Highland College and Skills Development Scotland.
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Pupils in Highland secondary schools are to receive guidance on mobile phone safety as they return to school this week. Advice in a joint letter from The Highland Council and Northern Constabulary to parents and carers of secondary pupils aims to raise awareness and specifically highlight the dangers of young people finding themselves in uncomfortable, compromising or illegal situations as a result of inappropriate use of mobile phones.
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