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On 24th November 15 of our Year 12/13 Computer Science students took part in a BT Discovery Event focusing on programming for industry.

We began with an introduction to Adastral Park which is BT’s global engineering HQ and home to 4000 employees working in digital industries. Our host opened our eyes to the work of BT being more than phones and home broadband, by outlining the research centres, robotics labs, software development and machine learning facilities, before keynote speaker Dr. Joost Noppen delivered his presentation on ‘How software is eating the world”. We took that keynote speech into a live Q&A discussion and as a group, we felt excited that as future programmers from The Long Eaton School, we could influence the development of no/low code environments for users.

After a quick break, students returned for an expert led programming workshop using robotic simulation software and using object orientated programming in Python to solve a series of problems, where all our students excelled, pushed beyond requirements, and began to experiment further than needed. The session closed with five graduate and apprenticeship employees from BT, who went on to outline their pathway into their current study and careers and highlighted the similar journeys for our students, but opened the possibilities for next steps within software development, cyber security, and computer-based engineering within BT.

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