Over the past few weeks, the School of Applied Computing has been inviting groups of girls from local schools to taster days aimed at inspiring them to consider a career in the fast-moving and exciting world of IT.
The programme of visits, organised by Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan in association with EESW, has so far welcomed parties from Dwr-y-Felin, Birchgrove, Llandovery College and Bishop Gore. Gowerton and Penyrheol Schools are due to visit within the next few weeks.
A typical visit day kicks off with a brief introduction to careers in computing by Professor Ian Wells, followed by a talk from Dr Carlene Campbell about why ICT needs more women. Inspired by this, the school parties then get the chance to try some hands-on activities.
Ably aided by SoAC’s PhD students and ambassadors, the school parties are divided into smaller groups which rotate around a selection of educational and fun-packed practical workshops. These include RoboWar, where the girls learn how to construct Lego robots and programme them to complete a given task, Maze Runner, PC Building and – perhaps the favourite – a Virtual Reality experience using Oculus Rift headsets.
The day ends with a round-up talk and distribution of goody bags. The girls have thoroughly enjoyed their days and feedback from the schools involved has been overwhelmingly positive, with teachers eager to arrange more workshop sessions and visits in future.
Interested? Contact Dr Kapilan Radhakrishan at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.