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OCR was invited to help Google Campus London, a co-working space offering facilities and mentoring to start-up technology companies, celebrate its first birthday in April.
With a focus on inspiring young people to take up STEM careers, we were delighted to meet over 150 secondary school students and their teachers who had come along to learn more about computer science.
The day was packed full of activities. Attendees had the chance to meet Google staff, attend an app design workshop and try out coding on a Raspberry Pi computer with the help of OCR tutorials and recipe cards.
Alison Pearce, OCR Curriculum Leader for ICT, said: “It was amazing to meet the learners who are studying a range of our qualifications to discuss their aspirations, and also to give them an opportunity to ask us questions. Their enthusiasm, creativity and innovations were refreshing.
“The opportunity to work with them on coding with the Raspberry Pi using the OCR resources helped us to identify other avenues for supporting both learners and teachers. With the encouragement, support and backing from Google, OCR and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we hope a new generation of computer scientists and computational thinkers will be inspired.”
Part 2 of a video discussion on the future of ICT education, featuring OCR’s Phill Bryant and hosted by www.computing.co.uk, is now available online.
Phill, Qualifications Group Manager for ICT and Computing, joined a panel of experts to talk about ICT education. In part 2, they discuss ‘how can ICT improve the teaching process?’. You can also watch Part 1 of the discussion ‘defining the digital citizen’ online.
More information about OCR’s computing qualifications, as well as access to a range of resources to use with the Raspberry Pi, are available on the computing page.