A group of Year 9 students recently visited Thoughtworks in city centre Manchester for a fascinating Technology Day with Miss Barratt and Mr Henderson. In a cutting edge Northern Quarter working environment, they engaged in practical yet fun tasks; firstly following a user requirement through project development (in Lego!) and working as a team to produce a bespoke design.
Fortified by a takeaway lunch from Pizza Express, they then used command and control of a robot arm via Alexa and experienced a prototype 3D game using a VR headset and hand controllers. Finally in three teams, competing for a small prize, our students brain-stormed practical real-world uses linked to online applications.
They were also able to hear directly how and why Thoughtworks people in different roles in the company had chosen software development as a well-rewarding and varied career path and how increasingly, more women are entering and succeeding in the professional IT world.