ICT Department and pupils visit Greenwich University
Greenwich University welcomed 27 Year 9 Computing pupils to its scenic grounds on Thursday 21st May 2015. Pupils had the pleasure of touring the iconic Maritime Campus with Greenwich Student Ambassadors, visiting the Chapel, Painted Hall and King William ICT Labs. Pupils were very engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
After the tour they worked in the Information Technology lab with Principal Lecturer of Games and Digital Media, Darrenlloyd Gent and Andy Wicks, Senior Lecturer of Computing and Information Systems. They were given taster sessions on ‘Building a computer game in under 60 minutes’ using Unity software and ‘Creating a website’ using HTML. Sessions proved to be very interactive and engaging, students were focused and totally enjoyed the taster sessions.
‘The visit to Greenwich University really gave us a deeper look into the world of computing/IT. I enjoyed it a lot because the staff at the University were very welcoming and they created a stimulating and friendly working environment. The facilities and equipment they had were very enjoyable to work with and I learnt a lot. I will definitely consider continuing my education at University.‘ Fahad, year 9.
‘We had a lot of fun learning how to code for a website using HTML .’ Yogita, year 9.
‘It seemed that I enjoyed the session just as much as your pupils did. Please tell them from me that I think they are WONDERFUL. They are bright, interested and enthusiastic- exactly the sort who have a bright future ahead of them. They were able to explore an area they had not seen before, apply what they found and then use that knowledge in new situations. It is the experimentation that they enjoy and that re-enforces understanding.’ Andy Wicks, Senior Lecturer of Computing and Information Systems.
‘It was an absolute delight to host students from Stratford School Academy for our “Make a game in 90 minutes” session and I really hope to see some of these students when they progress to university. The changes to how computing is taught in secondary education is providing dividends as these students are quick to adapt to game development, transferring their knowledge of maths and physics to be able to understand the programme aspects of the session. They engaged really well with the new topics and really seemed to enjoy the session. They were a credit to Stratford School and gave me confidence that school leavers will be coming to universities with a greater and more appropriate understanding of the computer sciences.’ Darrenllyod Gent, Principal Lecturer of Games and Digital Media.
Stratford School Academy’s ICT department also works closely with the BCS Computing Teacher Scholarship. ‘Stratford School Academy is working with the British Computer Society to conduct interviews for The Computing Teacher Training Scholarships Programme. Stratford School Academy is involved in interviewing potential candidates who want to apply for the scholarship. We assess their suitability for the role and assess their subject knowledge, personality and passion for teaching and learning. The school interview process also involves a tour of the school building and a lesson observation.’
Mr Ahmed, Head of ICT