IT Girls Allowed Trip  

On Friday 23rd October nine of our lovely Year 8 ladies were invited to Barclays Technology Centre, Knutsford, along with180 girls from 13 other schools from across the North West, to take part in a specially arranged technology event "just for girls". The aim of the day was to allow students, who are about to make choices about their future careers and option choices, to see the wide and varied opportunities available through technology.

The day included:

  • Meeting Professor Andy Newsam an Astrophysicist from Liverpool John Moores University, who opened their eyes to the wider realms of the universe, sharing his experiences of visiting and programming telescopes in fantastic places around the world.
  • Proving that even the experts get it wrong, by delving into the world of exploratory testing and finding real life defects on a range of popular Banking websites. And yes they found quite a few!!
  • Trying their hand at programming Mars‟ robots to make a range of shapes and use sensors to fol-low a variety of tracks. The session ended with 25 robots (all programmed by the students) per-forming a version of robotics ballet.
  • An opportunity to „Design the Future‟, where they were asked to design a gadget for the future. The girls were certainly pulling out all their creativity, given the chance to win a tablet computer. Helen Makin‟s „Muminator‟, a must have for any busy parent, was chosen as one of the six finalists and Helen confidently presented her idea to a room of more than 50 students and teachers, very narrowly missing out on winning one of those tablet computers.

The girls were an absolute credit to the school and really enjoyed themselves. We are hoping Barclays will be running the event again next year to encourage more young ladies into the realms of technology. Here are some of the comments shared by the girls at the end of the day:

“I loved the trip. As one wanting to take ICT, it was a great opportunity.”

“If you are creative, then the Design the Future activity is perfect for you. Everything is really interesting and fun.”

“I really enjoyed this trip, for any Yr8 that is considering it next year they will absolutely love it and learn a lot.”

Attendees: Elinor Hilton, Madeline Fox, Helen Makin, Harriet Schofield, Emily Huntington, Rowena Smith, Polly Graves, Mitzi Degenhardt, Laura Smith.

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