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“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on”. President Barack Obama

of collaboration to further grow the Silicon Valley Cluster and it@cork European Tech Cluster Alliance. From autumn 2013 there will be SMART STEM pilot programmes with

students from three areas: Ormondale Elementary, San Francisco District Schools and Cork schools including through the it@cork adopt-a-school programme. This connectivity will see industry and education join together for social growth and achievements. The Cork and Californian students met for the first time at Earth Day April 22 over a NASA Digital Learning Network through the ’Beautiful Earth’ programme and the European Space Agency (ESA) EarthRider study. Strong development

and delivery of space science education events channelling STEM expertise over 5 years at CIT BCO (including an orbit live link to the International Space Station) will ensure dissemination of inter-agency work with NASA and ESA. Access to the telescopes will be supported with appropriate educational and curriculum materials designed for both the Irish and US/California educational systems.

What Next? Next stage development on the software user interface will link classrooms to the telescopes in a way that makes the experience as interactive and rewarding as possible. The “wow” factor will inspire teamwork, inquiry, discovery and innovation. The size of the array will be increased, adding more telescopes so that more schools can participate more frequently, adding in extra layers of interactivity which additional telescopes provide. Stage three involves securing a second site where the installation of 8-10 telescopes Silicon Valley Global | 123

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