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Year 9 Computing Students at Barclay’s ‘IT Girls Allowed’ Event

Barclay’s annual ‘IT Girls Allowed'

On Thursday 19th October, we took 10 Year 9 students to Barclay’s annual ‘IT Girls Allowed’ event at Radbroke Hall. The event is put on each year to inspire young girls into the ever growing world of computing and technology.

Barclay’s annual ‘IT Girls Allowed'The day began with a talk from a young female apprentice who works in Barclay’s cryptography team. From there, the 10 attending schools were spilt into three groups and headed off to their first activity for the day. For us, it was to program robots to manoeuvre around a course. In pairs, the girls set out to program their robots to firstly follow a solid back line course – similar to a self-driving car. After much programming and testing, we all managed to successfully manoeuvre around the tricky course. Following this, the robots had to use their inter-red sensors to move around a space with objects in the way – similar to the mars rover.

Barclay’s annual ‘IT Girls Allowed'Activity two was to design the future. The challenge was set to design a new piece of technology, the most innovate three from each group to present their idea at the end. Christabell and Lois’ ideas took them through to the final in their group, taking home 1st and runner up prizes – with the first prize being an Amazon Kindle Fire!

Barclay’s annual ‘IT Girls Allowed'The last activity of the day was cryptography, in which the girls work in their school groups to crack as many encrypted messages as possible. In the 20 minutes they had, the team managed to crack a staggering 45 messages, crowning them the winning team for the day.

An enjoyable and inspiring day was had by all. Once again, the girls doing the school proud.

Year 10 Computing visit to UKFast

Y10 Computing visit to UKFast, July 2017
Y10 Computing visit to UKFast, July 2017

GCSE Computing students visited UKFast this term to experience working life in a multi-award winning digital business. It’s a business renowned for its innovation and fun culture as well as being one of the UK’s leading cloud hosting and colocation firms. UKFast was launched and founded in a back bedroom in 1999 by Lawrence and Gail Jones (Gail is a former AGGS student).

The visit involved a tour of their state of the art office and gave career tips and ideas from experts to help our students prepare a career for the future. UKFast are always looking for talent and they want to encourage more females into their business. They offer work experience placements and a number of Year 10’s are hoping to get the chance to experience working there.
And of course they had the chance to go down the infamous UKFast slide!

Y10 Computing visit to UKFast, July 2017
Y10 Computing visit to UKFast, July 2017
Y10 Computing visit to UKFast, July 2017
Y10 Computing visit to UKFast, July 2017

Jazib’s Post about the Revision Guide Published by her

Jazib AJazib, Year 13, wrote an excellent post on the Software Sustainability Institute website about how she came to write and publish a Revision Guide for Computing for the OCR Specification, which is available on Amazon and Lulu.com.

The post can be read here:

My Software Carpentry Work Experience:

http://www.software.ac.uk/blog/2015-09-18-my-software-carpentry-work-experience

 

Revision Guide for Computing published by Jazib

Revision Guide for Computing - JazibJazib (Year 12) has successfully published a Revision Guide for Computing for the OCR Specification, which is available on Amazon and Lulu.com.

This is a great achievement for her and an honour for her school and her teachers.

Well done, Jazib!