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Sixth Form Inspiration Event, Bristol Grammar School
(report by CAS South West Outreach Support - Beverly Clarke)
In November, Bristol grammar school held a sixth form inspiration event for students from local sixth forms. The event was organised by CAS Hub Leader – Ian Jones. At the event, students listened to a variety of speakers and took part in Q&A sessions with the speakers, who included:
Professor Tom Crick, MBE, CEng, CSci, FBCS, Vice-President at BCS - the Chartered institute for IT and Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, spoke about thinking computationally and how data allows us to investigate and make informed decisions.
Aisling Ann O’Kane, Lecturer, University of Bristol - Human Computer Interaction in Healthcare – explained how personal health devices are used and hacked in the wild, along with testing complex design and interactivity before coding apps.
David Pierce, a teacher and examiner spoke to students about examination preparation, students were guided in exam techniques (dos and don’ts), illustrations of good and bad ways to answer questions, UCAS applications and managing the clearing process.
Tamsin Hodge, STEM Ambassador, Women’s Tech Hub, UK Hydrographic Office explained how computers are used in the marine world and how marine data is used to create products and services. Students learnt how data is used from satellite imagery, real time info and static info to inform decision making. The UK Hydrographic office helps people and organisations such as the Royal Navy to make informed decisions on where to take their ships.
Eriol Fox – visual designer, UI & UX specialist, Women’s Tech Hub (Bristol). Eriol spoke about her journey from a degree in Fine Art to a career in Tech. Students also learnt about “What is Design as an Industry”, such as in-house, freelance or through an agency.
Dr Sam Aaron (Sonic Pi – Live Coding), students learnt about live coding in the Ruby programming language to produce musical compositions. Concepts such as concurrency were all demonstrated through music.
Thank you Ian. To find out more about events from the day check out #CSIBGS