Barclays Technology Centre Visit

On Thursday 19th January, ten year 8 and 9 students were invited to an IT Girls Allowed event, at Barclays Technology Centre in Knutsford.  The focus of the day was to showcase the types of exciting careers available within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, 150 girls attended, from 12 schools.

The first session the girls faced was an innovation workshop, where they were asked to design an app or a device. They all came up with some fantastic ideas, ranging from contact lenses where you could change the colour and take pictures, to a “No stress dishwasher” which loaded and unloaded itself (we all want one of those). Molly 8SNS was shortlisted and had to give a presentation to the whole group about her fabulous helper robot “Ella” who would help with anything you required, from baby sitting and walking the dog, to sitting and helping Dyslexic children with their reading and spelling. Molly enjoyed the challenge and was placed as a runner up. Bendigedig Molly!

The second session was a robotics challenge where the girls had to work in pairs to program a robot to follow a track. Anna 8SNS “I loved making the robots move”.

The third session was a cryptography task, where the girls got to practice their code breaking skills using Ceasar, Keyword and Vigenère Ciphers. During this session Jess 9VWD had to solve a Rubik’s Cube on stage and the girls came a respectable 3rd out of 10, solving 30 codes. Erin 9MA “I enjoyed using the Vigenère Ciphers.”

The final session was to design and project manage the building of a bridge using straws, paper and sticky tape. The bridge had to be self-standing and able to support the weight of 1kg of sugar, they were only given £4 to spend on the resources. The girls’ bridge was declared the winner, with the judges praising their plan, construction and questioning. Rebecca and Kaitlyn 8EMT “We loved making the bridge.” Arddechog  girls!

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