CyberFirst Girls Semi Finals

Following on from their tremendous success in the qualifying round, AGGS had very safely qualified to bring a team (Rachael E, Eloise F, Roselynn G, Sophie H) to the Semi Finals of the National CyberSecurity Centre’s (NCSC) competition; CyberFirst Girls (Year 8).

They certainly gave all of the other schools in that region a lot of moments of panic when our team shot up the leader board to first place and maintaining a consistent placement in the top 10! Overall coming out second place at this location which is a tremendous achievement! The girls were an absolute credit to the school and to themselves in tackling challenges which not only were at industry and degree level but also stumping the industry helpers from PwC!

It was very clear this has sparked a life long interest in Cyber Security and we look forward to seeing their next achievements when they progress onto the CyberDiscovery challenges next year!

A massive well done and heartfelt congratulations from Mr Starnes and a special thanks for support to Y13 helpers Bex W and Amelia E-W.

BAE Systems, the RAF and Royal Navy Schools Roadshow

On Monday 3rd Feb all of Year 7 took part in a STEM/Careers roadshow delivered by BAE Systems, RAF and Royal Navy. The focus of the workshop was different sorts of energy; Kinetic, thermal, radiant, gravitational potential energy, chemical, sound, electrical, elastic, nuclear, internal and strain. It was a really fun and lively workshop with plenty of audience interaction.

Students got the chance to have a go with Sphero, a little robotic car which is programmable and capable of working on solar or wind power. Wearing VR goggles they had to navigate the car between obstacles. NASA are contemplating using many ideas from these robots for future planet exploration. They are small, energy efficient and reliable.

They demonstrated how chemical energy is transferred into kinetic energy, thermal energy and sound energy by using 2 rowing machines and 2 Year 7 volunteers racing against each other. They measured how much energy was being transferred and how technology and the work of BAE Systems engineers can help rowers be as energy efficient as possible.

As the Official Engineering Partner to UK Sport, BAE Systems help support British athletes in preparing for sporting success through the use of leading edge technologies and engineering solutions. Year 7 have the chance to take part in their 2020 Rowing Boat Competition. Running until 22 May 2020, they can submit their designs for a rowing boat of the future for the chance to win £500 for the school and a visit by a member of the GB Rowing team. Enter individually or in teams of up to 4.

Go to www.baesystems.com/2020rowingchallenge

They concluded the workshop by talking about careers in STEM and that more women are needed in engineering.

Barclay technology day

34 Students from Year 10 had the amazing opportunity to visit Barclays in Knutsford last week where students were put through their paces learning and answering questions about CyberSecurity within the financial sector. Great opportunities including being in the Operations Centre during an incident and how their analysts responded to it. Also a visit to the ATM testing facility where students got to experience current and next generation machines (some even testing and getting to keep testing bank notes!)

A wonderful day in an incredibly fascinating setting!

Mr Starnes & Mrs Gillibrand

Digital Futures careers event at Trafford College

On Wednesday a group of students from the Year 10 computing class went to the Digital Futures careers event hosted by Trafford College. They heard from a range of speakers from the digital tech world: GMP on cyber security, NCC, Foregenix, INTec and Cunning Plan Digital Marketing. Digital and technology is fast becoming the biggest industry with virtual learning being the way forward for Learning Technologists. By 2035 it is expected there will be an additional 21,600 digital and tech roles across Greater Manchester. The students took part in some interactive sessions brainstorming staying safe online, a quiz as well as looking at creative media and digital marketing. They also got the opportunity to have a go at virtual reality gaming that students at the college had developed.

Illuminate Online are the winners of the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award

Congratulations to Illuminate Online – winners of the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award! The Illuminate team Rose, Orla, Ibby & Amy were nominated for the UKFast Young Entrepreneur’s of the Year award for inventing an anti Cyber Bullying website which is now up and running: illuminateonline.co.uk

The award is well deserved, its the culmination of 2 years hard work in developing their online anti Cyber Bullying website with the support of UKFast.

Manchester Digital Her Roadshow

On Tuesday 14 May x10 Year 8 students attended the Manchester Digital Her Roadshow at the Mercure, Bowdon Hotel. The day was put together with volunteers from GCHQ, Autotrader, Manchester Science Partnerships and Bjss. The event was aimed at inspiring and empowering young girls to work in the digital and tech industry. It was a very interactive and engaging day where students were involved in speed networking with meeting the role models and a workshop with GCHQ designed to give students a brief look at the sort of technical work that might be done in their organisation. It showed them the importance of things like online safety, good password creation, how to decode a piece of text and the basics of understanding the benefits of a computer programme.

The second workshop with Bjss was learning all about the client / business relationship and understanding your customer’s needs.

Over lunch the students were able to have a go at the VR experience which UA92 had brought along. One student wore the VR goggles and had to relay instructions to the rest of the team on how to get out of a maze.

The final workshop of the day was with Autotrader. Working in groups, they learnt how to complete a role model profile, how a tech business works and how to build a website.

The day concluded with 2 inspirational women speakers from Microsoft and NW EHealth. The students all came away from the day feeling very empowered and inspired to take up careers in the digital and tech industry

< if she can see it, she can be it>

UKFast visit to meet HRH Princess Anne

Mrs Walker and Mrs Gillibrand along with two of our Y12 Digital Leaders Rebecca and Ojas were privileged to have been invited last Wednesday 1 May to UKFast to share their celebrations in being awarded The Princess Royal Training Award 2019. Subsequent to receiving the award, HRH Princess Anne wanted to visit the UKFast campus to learn more about their culture and work within education.

As education partners of UKFast, Mrs Walker and Mrs Gillibrand, along with other schools and colleges, were honoured to meet The Princess Royal, who was very charming, interested and knowledgeable about the education sector.
The two Digital Leaders were involved in a classroom activity learning about the components of a server and coding. They also had the opportunity to talk to Princess Anne and show her what they were involved in doing. The Lord Lieutenant, High Sherriff and Lord Mayor of Greater Manchester were also there and were impressed by our Digital Leaders. It was a memorable opportunity and we had a thoroughly enjoyable morning followed by lunch there.

UKFast provide work experience for our Year 12 students, support the careers convention and provide workplace visits for our computing students. Gail Jones, Managing Director of UKFast, is also one of our Alumnae and came back into school last year for our Year 8 world of work day to talk about her career route since leaving AGGS. UKFast have also been key in supporting and implementing our new Blog system and have also been involved in helping our group of four Y10 students, Illuminate, in getting their cyber-bullying App up and running and ready to launch to the wider community next month.

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

Year 8 Enterprise Update – UKFast

Year 8 Enterprise - Visit to UKFast May 2017
Year 8 Enterprise – Visit to UKFast May 2017

The Y8 students from Illuminateonlione, Rose, Amy, Orla and Ibby visited UK Fast again last week. The platform for the anti-bullying website has now been set up and they are now designing the layout of the site. They have their next planning meeting after half term and they are looking forward to meeting Gail Jones, co-owner of UKFast and a former AGGS student. We would like to thank UKFast for all their support especially Aaron Saxton.

UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!

UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!
UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!

Last Friday the members of Illuminate; Orla, Ibby, Rose and Amy (8-6) visited UKFast in Manchester to find out if it would be possible to bring Illuminate – their cyberbullying support website to life.

Aaron Saxton (Director of Training and Learning) gave us a tour of the premises and explained how UKFast has become one of the UK’s leading managed hosting and colocation providers to some of Britain’s best-loved brands. We even had the opportunity to meet Lawrence Jones again (Co-owner of UKFast) who showed us around his office and expressed how enthusiastic he is about the project. One of the highlights of the visit was the opportunity to have a go on the slide!