There has been much talk of the ‘skill shortage’ that is going to face companies that require graduates with skills in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. CSR is working with STEMNET, which is a UK organisation that creates links between employers and educators with the aim of tackling the STEM skills shortage. STEMNET believe that by enthusing young people about STEM, employers can help to develop the creativity, problem-solving and employability skills of young people and widen the understanding and awareness of STEM careers with the next generation of UK employees.
CSR Cambridge is planning to attend a large STEM Fair at Duxford in 2015 to run a workshop which will involve writing Python code on a Raspberry Pi to interact with CSR’s SiRF Star V GNSS chip. Work has started to build the hardware required to run this workshop and a first draft of the workshop has been completed. CSR used some of the current crop of graduates as guinea pigs to road test the workshop and hardware.
The conclusion of the workshop saw students outside the Cambridge CSR HQ with the battery powered Raspberry Pi’s using the GPS to measure the distance between known points.