Harrow Way Community School Year 8 and Year 10 Computer Science students joined children from schools across the South of England recently for IBM’s annual Bright Sparks and Blue Fusion events. IBM Hursley, Europe’s largest software development facility, hosted the days which are designed to inspire and encourage students to develop their interest in Science, Technology and Engineering. Faced with an assortment of technological conundrums the students needed to use quick thinking, scientific knowledge and teamwork to complete a number of fun activities.
For the Bright Sparks competition six Year 8 students had to work as a team to solve a variety of logic and computer based problems, including programming a Mars rover, designing a computer virus and programming a robot to negotiate an obstacle course.
The Year 10 Blue Fusion competitors were set the same challenges, managing to score 100% on two of the tasks and despite having a few technical issues with the Mars rover managed to finish 4th overall.
Andrew Woods, Lead Practitioner for ICT said: “This event is a great opportunity for our students to experience how a big ICT company works, get some insight into the real world of ICT and to be inspired about the subject and the possibilities it presents for the future.”
Blue Fusion and Bright Sparks were organised by IBM volunteers, many of whom are part of the IBM Graduate and Industrial Placement Programme.
Back at Harrow Way, ICT sees the students creating algorithms (a systematic list of instructions for accomplishing a task), using technology to solve problems, working with control systems and creating hardware. As a Mathematics and Computing Specialist School, Harrow Way is extremely well-equipped for the modern technological age.
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.