Cisco Little Big Futures

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting the unconnected. Getting everyday objects to send, receive and process data to solve real-world issues.

Cisco and STEM Learning have relaunched the Little Big Awards for 2017 to now be Little Big Futures. This programme has a collection of resources for students aged 11-14 to participate in five one-hour lessons across the STEM subjects and STEM clubs.

One hour resources

Each resource includes subject-specific investigations, exploring the Internet of Things. You don't need any specific technology for these interactive and engaging activities. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life. They give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.

We will be sending some great IoT prizes to schools getting involved and sharing online.

To celebrate the launch of Little Big Futures, we're giving you the chance to win an Internet of Things Explorer Kit. To get involved, all you need to do is tweet a photo of you, your colleagues or your students working on any of the one hour resources. Make sure to use the hashtag #LittleBigFutures in your tweet.

Download the resources


Coming soon

Cisco is also sponsoring schools to take part in the CREST Discovery Awards and they will cover the cost of applying.  

Students will work in teams to investigate a real-world problem and report on their findings. You can request a local STEM Ambassador to inspire and support your students during this challenge. 

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Be inspired

Alex Bordino, was in his final year studying BSc (Hons) Product Design at Nottingham Trent University when he approached the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) Equipment Team for support with one of his degree projects.  Alex was tasked to solve one of the biggest causes of firefighter deaths worldwide, heat stress. 

Having researched the issue Alex identified the deadly health and safety risk facing firefighters and, with the support of Service's Equipment Manager, Kev Shuttlewood, and Equipment Support Officer, Philip Law, designed the VULCAN Smart. Fire. Protection. System. As well as providing the maximum safety in structural firefighting operations, VULCAN monitors blood temperature and room conditions sending real-time data to incident commanders as an early warning should crew be about to undergo heat stress.

This combination of maximum protection, optimal ergonomics and state-of-the-art technology has resulted in the most advanced system of its kind.