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Back to school to get creative with tech

Informed Solutions Technical Director Matt Rix returned to his roots in Doncaster recently to help a year group of 11 and 12 year olds get creative with science, tech and engineering in a Teen Tech City of Tomorrow event.

The full day session is part of a national schedule of activities to encourage more pupils to discover the exciting ‘stuff’ which science, technology and engineering create. It’s part of the national agenda to boost uptake of these subjects and tackle the digital skills gaps in the workforce.

Matt joined the Teen Tech team for the day to guide 100 pupils through some pretty challenging activities with the aim of designing and building a model for a city of the future. Nothing is ruled out and no ideas are too big when it comes to creating the design, as long as the City of Tomorrow is ‘smarter, kinder and safer than before’ – all thanks to the help that innovative applications of science, technology and engineering can provide.

Sharing experiences from real-world digital transformation projects he’s been involved with across the Healthcare and Transport sectors, Matt helped the pupils generate their ideas and overcome their initial apprehension about the enormity of the task at hand. “The first hour or so was pretty quiet whilst everyone got their heads around when we wanted them to do. By the time we reached the model building part of the session though, the creative - and sometimes wacky - ideas were coming from all corners. Over the course of the day, you could see the pupils grow more confident and it was great to be part of that.” he says.

Back at the day job, Matt works on a number of national IT projects, leading teams of Informed Solutions specialists, client personnel and partners, so coaching and supporting skills development are all in a day’s work for him.

Taking that experience into a school setting was a natural step for Matt: “I’m passionate about helping others to have the same opportunities I’ve had.  I grew up in Doncaster and it was rewarding for me to be able to share my experiences to hopefully inspire others on their own tech journeys.”

Informed Solutions regularly make staff available to work with schools and universities to develop awareness of the career openings in technology as part of its commitment to tackling the skills gaps and to achieving greater diversity in the technology workforce.

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