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Robot Hack Day 2016

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:00

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the School of Business Economics and Informatics organised a series of workshops for the students of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, a comprehensive secondary school for girls in nearby Islington. The workshops extended the new computing curriculum for secondary schools developed around the python programming language with more advanced techniques such as recursion. The tasks developed specifically for these workshops involved the use of Raspberry Pi-based drawing robots to create fractal shapes such as snowflakes and the Sierpinski triangle.

The workshops also aimed to put computing in a professional context and link secondary and higher education with the workplace. As a result, workshop sessions were hosted both at Birkbeck and at Thoughtworks; a global software company focused on software design and delivery and our partner in the Work Readiness Programme. This offered the opportunity to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School students to experience first-hand the academic and the commercial environments.

Jacques Bester, the computing teacher at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, said “It has truly been an amazing and valuable experience for everyone.” The students’ comments reflected the learning objectives set by the tripartite partnership, “It was really helpful, as we could see how our coding could be used in the physical world. It helped with developing ideas of how we could use our knowledge of coding in the future” and “I learnt more Python coding and the challenges were really engaging".

Video of the Robot Hack day 2016

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School