Cisco launches ‘Out of the Blocks’ London 2012 initiative for secondary schools

Cisco has unveiled a Key Stage 4 (KS4) Maths and Science initiative for secondary schools ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics

Cisco has launched its Out of the Blocks initiative, which aims to provide UK state secondary school students with free Key Stage 4 (KS4) Maths and Science materials.

More than 4,000 schools across the country are set to receive free activity books, a welcome pack and resources. The educational material is part of the networking vendor’s Cisco Maths and Science Series 2012 package ,designed and inspired by the upcoming London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The packs includes instructions on accessing online versions of the initiative, via ActiveTeach, which enables teachers to display the pages on a classroom whiteboard.

Phil Smith, chief executive of Cisco UK and Ireland said: “This initiative will provide exciting and interesting curriculum-based activities that will help to engage students in core subject areas. For Cisco, this is just the start of our commitment to the Games.

“Cisco is dedicated to supporting the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in its objectives to build a legacy from London 2012 – and what better way than to start with supporting the future generations of tomorrow.”

Out of the Blocks is part of the official London 2012 education programme, Get Set. Targeting 3-19 year olds, the Get Set programme aims to promote the values of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Seb Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said: “I’m thrilled that Out of the Blocks will be a key part of our Get Set education programme. This demonstrates Cisco’s ongoing commitment to supporting young people and inspiring them about the London 2012 Games but also helping us leave a lasting legacy.”

Recently Cisco launched its STEM Challenge 6 initiative, where it asked schools to design a website for Cisco Olympic Ambassador and Paralympian Hand Cyclist, Rachel Morris.

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