Bucks UTC IT students get a taste for tech at the Bett Show
This week, four of our students were invited to join Civica, our IT partner, at the Bett Show in London. The exhibition showcases education technology and demonstrates how IT can be used in the classroom to inspire students in all kinds of subjects.
There are hundreds of exhibitors at Bett, including household names such as Intel, which launched a new tablet and PC at the event. Our students got the chance to try out some of the exciting new technology on show, saw how IT is being used in schools across the world, and also spent time talking to Civica customers on the company’s stand.
Year 12s Joe Churchill and George Castle, with Year 10s Matthew Ireland and Charlie Steer found out about some of the commercial aspects of IT, in addition to exploring how their own and future students’ learning experiences could be improved. The visit was a fantastic opportunity for the students and we’re delighted that the Civica team has invited us back again next year!
The Bett Show has already received a lot of interest from the media and the BBC today reported on the ‘rise of the teenage coder’ – children who are designing their own games, software and apps. The article highlights an increasing number of children, who don’t just want to use the latest devices, but learn how to programme them too.
This is something we’re seeing with our own IT students. Before joining us in September, some had already tried their hand at basic coding and others were looking forward to giving it a go for the first time. In both cases, we’ve seen an incredible level of enthusiasm and creativity that will set them on their way to becoming the programmers of the future.
As well as traditional classroom learning, our students get the chance to take part in ‘live’ employer projects. They’ve already completed workshops with McAfee and visited the software company’s premises to get a first-hand view of working in IT, as well as worked in Geographic Information Systems with Esri UK. We’ve got lots more planned for this year and we’re looking forward to working with our employer partners to help make sure our students leave us work ready and employable.