Museum benefits from University of Plymouth donation

Museum benefits from University of Plymouth donation

The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno has benefited from a University of Plymouth scheme to boost children’s computing education across the South West, receiving several iPad Minis to use in our family workshops.

The School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics has decommissioned 35 iPad Minis that had been used by students and presented them to the national organisation, Computing at School (CAS).

They, in turn, have shared the devices between the Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno, Cornwal and Caen Community Primary School in Braunton, North Devon.

The Telegraph Museum uses computer devices as part of its regular science club and during school outreach activities, with children coming from West Cornwall and further afield.

Learning facilitator Paul Tyreman said: “These iPads will have an immediate impact on the range of activities we can include in our workshops. They will extend what we can offer at the museum, but also enable us to keep in touch with young people through their schools after their visits.”

We plan to use the devices to support young people’s learning, through teaching in the classroom and a range of outreach activities.

The iPad Minis were purchased by the University of Plymouth to be used by undergraduate students across its programmes. However, the software supporting them is no longer being upgraded.

Dr Shirley Atkinson, Lecturer in Information Systems at the University and Regional Coordinator for CAS South West, said: “These devices have made a real difference to our students and their learning since we started using them, and it is fantastic to know they will continue to support young people’s education and the wider community. Through this donation, both the University and CAS are helping teachers do an excellent job in the classroom and making sure children get an outstanding computer education, which will be essential for their future prospects.”