Programming challenge puts students to the test

Year-ten students visiting the Game Wagon, back, from left, Ben Taylor, Matthew Bellamy, John Lilley, Katrina Neve, Cerys Davies, Daisy Andrews, James Barnes, Charlie Collins and Tony Higgs, front, from left, Sam Bell, Amy Franklin, Louis Adams and Kirsty Mead
Year-ten students visiting the Game Wagon, back, from left, Ben Taylor, Matthew Bellamy, John Lilley, Katrina Neve, Cerys Davies, Daisy Andrews, James Barnes, Charlie Collins and Tony Higgs, front, from left, Sam Bell, Amy Franklin, Louis Adams and Kirsty Mead
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An interactive workshop gave 24 year-ten students from Felpham Community College the chance to develop their coding and programming skills.

Game Wagon, a van converted to hold the latest programming technology, is touring schools through the government initiative Your Life, which aims to bridge the skills gaps for students considering STEM subjects, science, technology, engineering and maths, at A level.

Daisy Andrews, a year 10 student , said: “I attended the drone workshop and really enjoyed it. I worked with people different to who I usually work with so I definitely improved my team working skills.

“Using coding and programming was interesting and doing the workshop showed us how all the different skills and subjects interlink together.

“I was using maths and science and it was making my drone move. The afternoon has made me think I would like to do physics at A level.”

Learning about the Mars landing and the increased use of drones in day-to-day life, the students had to use their maths and physics skills to programme drones and robots and complete a number of highly-skilled tasks in a short space of time, in competition with each other.

Gill Woodman, careers co-ordinator, said: “The level of skills the students showed was impressive and their enthusiasm was brilliant.

“You could see all students really listening to the speaker and see how their programming skills were developing in that short space of time.

“We hope it gave everyone who took part food for thought re what they want to do post GCSEs and possible career paths they may be interested in.”

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