Luckley House wins Microsoft DigiGirlz Award for the Second Year
On 18 November, a group of Year 9 Luckley House School pupils took part in Microsoft’s DigiGirlz Event at their offices in Reading. This regional event, attended by 20 local schools and hosted by Microsoft, is designed to encourage female students to pursue the exciting career opportunities that the technology sector offers. At the event, young women were given a glimpse of what working in the fast-paced technology sector is like and received hands-on tutorials on some of the most exciting tech innovations.
The day started with demonstrations about computer science in the rainforest and how algorithms have been used for predicting road growth over the next 20 to 30 years. This was followed by presentations on future developments of the internet, and inspirational speeches by current female employees of Microsoft.
Supported by Microsoft mentors, the Luckley House team challenge was to design an APP that could be used for the environment or charity purpose. The girls quickly brainstormed the task and decided upon an APP that would enable people to support disasters and emergencies around the world quickly and efficiently. Once the concept agreed upon, the team quickly appointed a Managing Director. They filmed and edited a promotional video and created a marketing strategy, complete with a development plan outlining future improvements – all in two and a half hours!
The girls’ creativity and enthusiasm paid off, and by the end of the day they were ecstatic to hear they had come first out of the 20 schools taking part!
Caroline Bennett, Head of ICT at Luckley House School said:
“To say I was impressed with the team is a true understatement, especially as this means we have retained the DigiGirlz title for the second year. The girls worked cohesively as a group and split roles quickly and fairly, utilising each of their own strengths.”
Pupil, Lara Webb commented “The talk was very interesting and the four presenters gave some excellent points that were very useful. One of their main points was that we should do what we love and that we should have a passion for what we are doing. It was also interesting to see such a young apprentice, Caroline, who at the age of sixteen was telling us how she was searching for work and how she coped with leaving school.
A truly amazing day out, a huge thanks to all at Microsoft.”