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Typically a minimum of 40-60 minutes a week of class time for the duration of the competition is sufficient for getting the team members together and giving them guidance and assistance. Whether this is formal class time, or after-school or lunch-time clubs is at the discretion of the schools. Team members should expect to contribute probably another hour of their time each week for performing research.
Each school will be partnered with a STEM Ambassador, who will bring real-world guidance to the teams and act as a mentor and sounding-board. Ambassadors will be local to the schools and are expected to meet and work with the students on a regular basis.
As well as documentation for the overall challenge and guidance on what is expected, we will also provide a small number of worksheets for each of the critical areas of the challenge with the aim of getting ideas flowing and guiding direction.
Winners get prizes (students and schools)
The Little BIG Awards is a rewarding and exciting way to improve your business and life skills, while also being a fun way to cover some academic topics that will help towards you formal qualifications.
The Little BIG Awards will help you meet the requirements of the curriculum for Computer Science in KS3 and KS4. Here are some areas that directly relate to the curriculum:
Using operators and logic to make decisions based on inputs
Understand networks of computers and how they communicate
Handling very large datasets and processing lots of things in parallel
Translating things from the human world into things computers can understand
STEM Ambassadors will be on hand to visit schools (or connect with them remotely) and to help and provide structured activities along the way.
Anyone can become involved with helping the students fulfill their potential to be winners. STEM Ambassadors will provide industry experience and guidance to the students during their journey through the challenge. Cisco experts will be on hand to assist ambassadors, and will provide guidance on some structured activities. Ambassadors will be expected to make a minimum of 2 visits (or virtual meetings) to assist at an allocated school, and will need to be an approved STEM Ambassador.
The team can continue to work on their idea right up until they present it. However any changes to documentation may not be reflected in the judging after the submission deadline as the regional lead may download a snapshot of all submissions any time after the deadline date to send to judges and prepare for the final.
It is not intended that technical ability or access to technology be a limiting factor to entry. A large part of the value to the students is from going through the process, meeting and having contact with their ambassador and attending the (regional) finals. There is no requirement, nor is it expected, for the students to generate a fully functioning final submission. It is encouraged that teams code some part of their idea, but the definition of 'coding' is intentionally loose to account for the multitude of different technical capabilites of different schools and different age groups. Anything from real code running on a real device, through a set of powerpoint slides that are used to animate some pretend screen changes, to paper-based flow-charts or UI wire-frames is acceptable. The important part of the 'demonstration' is that there is enough material to sell the concept and explain how it will work, but how that is done is ultimately up to the imagination of the teams.
At the regional awards the winning team will receive a trophy, a certificate and a place at the national final.
At the national final the winning team will receive a trophy, a certificate, each student in the team will recieve a £100 voucher (up to 6 students per team). This year the winning school will also have the chance to have Cisco come to your school - we'll work with you to decide how we can help - we could bring demos, speakers, careers advice, whatever works for you!