Essex County Council Laptop Donations

ECC Laptop Donations

With many places of education opting for a more blended learning offer and homework increasingly becoming an online activity, it has become increasingly important for young people to have access to computers.

Essex County Council (ECC) has donated 160 laptops to colleges across the county with an additional 200 soon to be distributed. The 160 laptops, which include unused ECC stock and donations, will be given to young people who do not have access to technology. A further 200 laptops have been purchased from the proceeds of parts of devices that have been donated.

If you have an old or unused laptop device gathering dust or hidden away somewhere, please earmark it for the scheme as it will make a real difference. While you cannot donate at libraries at the moment, you can donate a laptop at an Essex County Council building if you are nearby for essential travel purposes. You can donate at:

  • County Hall
  • Goodman House
  • Ely House
  • Magnet House
  • Essex House

Essex County Council are also asking businesses to donate any unused laptops. If businesses have under 50, they can donate to any of our main buildings. If businesses have over 50 to donate, we can arrange collection.

More information can be found on the Essex County Council website here.

 

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CSES IMAGINE! Environmental Challenge

CSES IMAGINE! Environmental Challenge

Today, modern society suffers many forms of pollution, litter in our streets, fumes in our towns and plastic waste in the oceans.

CSES hopes to encourage the young people of Essex to become aware of the (mainly human) activities which result in this pollution and IMAGINE! ways in which the pollution can be reduced or eliminated, or circumventions can be put in place to reduce the risk to the environment or human health.

This first of several challenges invites pupils currently in Years 6 or 7, individually or in teams of up to four to investigate the risks posed to people just by walking to school or through a particular area of their Town Centre.

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Arkwright Engineering Scholarships: Celebrating 30 Years

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships: Celebrating 30 Years

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the most prestigious of their type, supporting engineering minded students during their A levels and equivalent qualifications.

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Program and their focus is on making more schools and students from all backgrounds aware of Arkwright Scholarships and the opportunities they provide.

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A Great British Railway Journey... to Sandford Mill?

A Great British Railway Journey... to Sandford Mill?

By Tim Wander

A strange title in strange times. Many readers will know that the Museum's Sandford Mill site sits as one of 13 mills on the 13.8 mile-long Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation canal. This was opened in 1797, and connects Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin.

But it is a long way from the main Chelmsford railway station located on the Great Eastern Main Line that runs across the East of England. Westbound trains terminate at Liverpool Street and eastbound trains run to a number of destinations including Braintree, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester Town, Ipswich and Norwich.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit and global lockdown took hold, all theatre, television and film production came to a shuddering halt. Performers and production crews were sent home, confined to their own individual households just like their audiences, with little indication of how and when any creative industries could continue. One very popular series hit was Great British Railway Journeys (GBRJ), a BBC documentary series presented by Michael Portillo, a former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister. The programme was first broadcast in 2010 on BBC Two and has returned annually for a total of 11 series. The series features Portillo travelling around the railway networks of Great Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man, referring to Bradshaw's Guide and picking out people and places of interest as he travels.

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Future City: New Green Festival Begins in Chelmsford

Future City: New Green Festival Begins in Chelmsford

Launch of the Essex 2020 autumn programme

"A month of ideas on growing a sustainable Chelmsford" is how October is being labelled by Chelmsford City Council

The council is bringing together organisations from across Chelmsford to create Future City: a month of ideas on growing a sustainable Chelmsford. The mainly digital festival runs throughout October and tackles the themes of climate change, biodiversity and sustainability. The programme is intended to capture the moment as we think about life post-COVID-19, and it's hoped events and activities will encourage people in the city to make connections and provide fresh thinking about the future.

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Raspberry Jam STEAM Festival – call out for volunteers

Raspberry Jam STEAM Festival – call out for volunteers

Calling all technologists, coders, STEM ambassadors, graduates and hobbyists!

As part of Future City and Essex 2020, Southend Tech is organising the Raspberry Jam STEAM Festival – a programme of online events taking place over half term.

Southend Tech are looking for volunteers that can deliver talks or presentations (5, 15 or 50 mins), run workshops, show interesting tech or coding projects and to take part in or shout about the festival in general.

Perhaps you are from industry and have some cutting edge tech to show off, maybe you're a hardcore hobbyist with an innovative home project or skills to share.

The festival aims to cater for a range of audiences so your activity could be pitched at beginners, children/families, girls only, those with advanced skills or adult only.

All talks and workshops will be delivered online between Oct 24th and Nov 1st, mostly via Zoom. Sessions can take place morning, afternoon or evening (Southend Tech can plan around your availability).

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Volunteers sought for Communicating Connections

Volunteers and participants sought for Communicating Connections

Can you help with Essex Record Office's oral history project?

'Communicating Connections' is an oral history based community heritage project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with contributions from Essex 2020 and the Friends of Historic Essex. It will explore the heritage of the Marconi Company, a telecommunications and engineering company based in Chelmsford, by collecting and archiving oral history interviews with past employees of the company. Chelmsford is known locally as the 'birthplace of radio', so we want to share this heritage with the local and wider community.

We're still looking for oral history interviewers and interviewees.

Full training in oral history interviewing will be provided by the Oral History Society and further support will be available throughout the project so there's no need for prior oral history experience.

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