On Monday 26th June, a Chorley-based company called Roq came into school. Roq are a business that offer engineering consultancy and they are aiming to inspire females in their field of work. Today, women taking computer science-related degrees in the UK make up just 13% of students. The company was intending to illustrate what this field of work is like and so the students took part in some activities which helped them understand what career opportunities are available in computer science.
The students took part in a challenge/competition, where they had to find defects on different real-life websites. They worked in small groups, competing against each other. However, all the points were then added together so that other schools within Lancashire all competed against each other.
The competition within school soon heated up and each group worked extremely well as a team, identifying the different defects in the websites. During the second part of the session, Roq gave the students information about career paths in computer science at A-level and beyond. The students found this very helpful and enjoyed taking part in these activities. It taught them skills that they wouldn’t learn in normal lessons and encouraged them to peruse their interests in computer science. Well done to the winning team on the day – Sai, Vanika, Sophia, Ella and Heidi! We are awaiting to hear the final results from the competition across the schools to find out whether Penwortham Girls’ are the Defectives Champions of 2023.
Mrs Bennett, Curriculum Leader for the C.A.T. Faculty