Established in partnership with Cambridge Science Centre, Kao Academy will help children aged 7-11 teach the role of a data centre, how it is designed, engineered and built, and explain its importance and relevance to our daily lives.
“Data centers are now critical to the way we live – they underpin many of our daily activities, support our work, entertainment, retail and financial decisions, facilitate people-to-people communications and have been fundamental in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Adam Nethersole, Vice President of Kao Data.
“Nevertheless, the general understanding and appreciation for data centers is surprisingly low. Starting with children and through Kao Academy, our mission is to raise awareness of data centers and their critical role, and to introduce the people who design, build and operate them.”
Delivered through an interactive website, Kao Academy offers users a variety of resources, including a live “process data” game, a downloadable “how-to” pack that kids can download to build their own data center, and instructional videos such as the KLON-1 facility was built by Kao Data in Harlow.
Children can also download additional e-learning resources to learn and play, and enter a competition to get creative and design their own data centre, potentially win £150 worth of LEGO and a special visit at the Kao Data campus in Harlow.
In related news, Virgin Media Business Wholesale signed a carrier agreement with Kao Data last month to expand low-latency connectivity solutions at Kao’s Harlow campus, enabling 10 to 100 gigabit services via the new point of presence.