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comp_sci_update_Aut_18Hot off the heels of some fantastic summer results, we have had a busy first term in the ICT & Computer Science department.

Read below to find out more and be sure to follow our Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest LPGS Computer Science news.

 

 

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Bebras Challenge
The ability to think logically and problem solve is a vital life skill. To promote this concept we took part in the International Bebras Challenge – a computational thinking initiative designed to get students solving a range of fun, engaging tasks based on problems that Computer Scientists often meet and enjoy solving. We entered almost 700 students across KS3 – KS5 who had to complete as many questions as they could in 40 minutes! The questions were tough and students showed great resilience throughout the challenge. We look forward to developing their problem solving skills further and entering again next year!

Congratulations to the following students who got the best in class award. The best in school award will be announced in the end of term achievement assembly.

 

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Y10 - Y13
Lottie C - 7GA Sophie P - 8GA Alicia B - GSH Ava D - 12B
Erin M - 7LF Alexandra C - 8LF Francesca D - GSM Aisha G - 11LE
Emma B - 7SH Emily A - 8KD Annabelle S - GSM Eloise H - 13F
Zuzanna C - 7LE Scarlett A - 8SH Anya K - KLA Macey P - 10GB
Roisin M - 7KC Isabella S - 8SG Marley L - GST  
Naomi I - 7SG Zosia L - 8LE Seniz O - KLT  
Ruby B - 7KD Cayan C - 8KC Scarlett M - KLH  
Cairah B-J - 7GB Anna P - 8GB April C - GSA  

Students can continue developing their skills ready for next year using the FREE Bebras ‘A Perfect Day’ app which is available for Android and Apple devices.

 

Cyber Discovery
comp_sci_update_Aut_18_3With an increase in cyber based attacks and a shortage of experts in the field the government launched the Cyber Discovery programme in 2017 to highlight the potential job roles available and the pathways to achieving them. The programme is based around an incredible website full of individual challenges involving internet technologies like IP address and data packets as well as ciphers, logical thinking, HTML, 

JavaScript, CSS and Python and so much more!

The second year of competition has begun and students in Y9 and above have until January 7th to try and qualify to round 2. We are delighted to see so many past competitors taking part again this year with so much enthusiasm! Students taking part can participate in their own time or put their heads together with other competitors on Thursday lunchtimes in E110.

Those new to the competition should go to: www.joincyberdiscovery.com/ to sign up or speak to your ICT teacher.

 

Duke of York - IDEA Award
comp_sci_update_Aut_18_6We are currently being spoilt with rich resources that will equip our students with essential life skills. The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, aims to develop digital and enterprise skills, helping people unlock their potential.

Inspired by The Duke of Edinburgh Award (which has supported 8 million young people since its inception), iDEA helps young people learn how to make, create, build and shine in the digital world. Unlike the DofE Award, all that is needed is a computer and internet connection.

Students take part in a series of challenges in order to win awards. For every new skill and learning experience mastered, iDEA learners are awarded a digital badge. Badges can take as little as 10 minutes and are designed ot be completed in one sitting. Each badge carries a number of points based on it’s level of difficultly. When enough points have been earned, participants are awarded the Bronze, Silver or Gold Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award.

There are badges which can help learners to be safe online, and pick up tips and techniques on topics such as web design, cyber security, cloud computing, animation and how to use colours in digital creations. We are about to launch the award across KS3 where we will be setting badges as both class and home learning tasks; we look forward to congratulating our first bronze award winners later this year!

The award is open to anyone including adults and no additional resources are required. If you are interested in signing up or want to sign up your son or daughter simply register at: idea.org.uk.

 

Community Support
This year we were fortunate to receive a large number of IET magazines from Mrs Beney, one of our parents. This has provided our students with a variety of rich reading material as well as livened up the classroom! We excited to welcome Mrs Beney to the school in January where she will be talking to KS5 students about the role of a software tester and managing a team of people. This will be followed by a visit from a software engineer who has worked at Google as well as other tech companies.

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If you are able to support our students in any way please do contact Miss Kelly, kkelly@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk. We welcome visitors to the school to talk to our students, offers of work experience, visits to the work place and anything else that will inspire our students and bring greater awareness as to what it is like working in the tech world.

 


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