Perse students get thinking about computer science
On Tuesday 2 December, 27 students from Years 9 to 13 met at the Imperial War Museum Duxford for Microsoft’s annual Think Computer Science Day.
Through a programme of exciting talks, demonstrations and workshops, students found out about the latest developments in computer science and the opportunities available to them for future careers. This year’s speakers were as fascinating as always, delivering talks as diverse as an explanation of biological computing and a description of how a computer can learn to recognise objects in pictures. This last talk in particular proved so inspiring that some of our students began working on their own programs to accomplish similar tasks as soon as they got home!
At various points during the day, we were able to visit the exhibits arranged throughout the main hangar, beneath the wings of the historic aeroplanes. Our students enjoyed the chance to speak to the scientists hosting these exhibits and ask questions about their work. As well as having the opportunity to play with the latest Xbox creations and explore the algorithms of magic tricks, students could also experiment with Raspberry Pi and .NET Gadgeteer kits. Understandably, the team with the ball bearing cannon captured the interest of a number of our students. Likewise, all the visitors relished the chance to play “antique” video games such as Pong.
We thoroughly enjoyed the chance to find out about current research in computer science and how it links to other fields and are already looking forward to next year’s event.