12 December 2014
Programming a humanoid robot, flying Quad Copters and extracting data from mobile devices are not the average lessons that 14 to 16 year olds would be taught at school.
However that's just what academics from Canterbury Christ Church University offered seven Kent schools last weekend.
The computing and technology event aimed to engage gifted and talented ICT pupils with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities that currently would not be found in the current national curriculum.
Over the weekend, four sessions were held: Programming a Humanoid Robot, Programming Raspberry Pi, Quad Copters and Digital Forensics that were organised and hosted by Hellen Ward, Principal Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Development, and Reza Mousoli, Programme Director for the Foundation Degree in Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity organised by Canterbury Christ Church University as an inititiative within the East Kent Partnership between the University and East Kent College (EKC), and which was financed by the European Social Fund (ESF).
Kent and Medway STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) also supported the event and were delighted by the feedback from the pupils and their teachers.
Jessica and Jennifer, in year 11, from Simon Langton Girls School programmed the Nao robots and said: “The Quad Copters very entertaining and exciting”. Siddhartha from Dartford Grammar School in year 11, said “I learnt a lot in the digital forensic session”. Kieran and Kezia in year 10 from Charles Dickens, Broadstairs, said that they felt like “Sherlock Holmes for the day”. “Raspberry Pis were productive and difficult, but good fun” said Jack from Saint George’s Church of England School in Kent.
Flying the drone
Reza Mousoli said: “STEM subjects are critical for the health and wealth of our communities and we are pleased that we are helping to inspire the future generation of designers, scientist and engineers”
“The recent announcement by the Prime Minister for funding STEM activities shows how important it is to engage students with these important areas to enhance their prospects in the modern world.”
Notes to Editor
Schools participated were: Simon Langton Girls; Charles Dickens; Mayfield Grammar; The Canterbury Academy; Astor College; Dartford Grammar School and Saint George’s Church of England School.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey