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Watching the Graham Norton chat show on BBC on Saturday night I was delighted to hear that Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am has donated half a million pounds to the Prince’s Trust to use music to inspire children to be excited about Science Technology Engineering and Maths at school.

Much like Will.i.am, Cisco is using the inspiration of our Olympic sponsorship as official Network Infrastructure supporter to use the London 2012 Olympics as a way to inspire kids and get them excited about STEM subjects.

The highly successful Out of the Blocks books have gone out to over 5000 secondary schools throughout the UK and the website has recorded over 168,000 page views and over 37,000 individual visitors. These books use examples from the Olympics to explain science and maths to key stage 4 students in a relevant and real world way.

Next week (6th July) the iconic Cisco House overlooking the Olympic Park in East London, plays host to the eight school finalists of the STEM Challenge 10. Over 200 schools entered teams in the competition to design and plan their own Olympic events in their hometown. The schools come from right around the country and the winning team will receive £2500 for their school’s STEM club, and Olympic tickets and merchandise.

This is just the latest in a series of initiative Cisco has been working on to use the legacy of the Olympics, to build a brilliant future by inspiring more children to get excited about STEM skills and thereby ensure UK industry has the expertise and knowledge to compete on the global stage.

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