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Sky App development challenge teaches Ark Globe Academy next-generation software skills

Forty Year 10 computing students from Ark Globe Academy accelerated their future employment potential by taking part in the Sky Formula 1 App development challenge. The challenge provided an exciting opportunity for students to experience the world of computer technology in a real-life context whilst developing an in-car application for Formula 1 racing drivers.

Students were trained by a team of Sky computing graduates to plan, design and test the application – developing and ensuring the code was fully functional and user-friendly. The computing students were also each given an iPad for the day with specially designed artificial intelligence software to predict their future profession, with guidance on how to achieve their career goals.

To add to the excitement, students also had a half hour Q&A session with a Sky Executive responsible for 500 staff. Questions from students ranged from “How do I get to where you are?” to “What course do I have to do to become a Sky computing graduate?” The students also learnt that the Sky work experience programme is open to them.

Mr Koramoa, Subject Leader ICT said:

“The trip empowered students with the knowledge they need to plot their pathways to future employment in a range of creative technology fields. Their careers will take place in a world dominated by software and the high-quality training from Sky, combined with the students’ curiosity and fantastic tenacity, has shown them that everything is possible with hard work and the right attitude. They can be leaders in the world of technology.”

Joel, Year 10, said: “It’s good to see the different types of careers that are out there. There are so many jobs that you don’t even consider for a lifetime career. This puts it all into perspective that you can be paid to be creative.”

During the day students also toured the Sky village, exploring the full Sky operation, and a few lucky students were able to sit in the Sky presentation hot seat, see a ‘live’ news broadcast and tour the computer network control room.

The day finished with a grand presentation of the finished Sky Formula 1 application and a discussion about necessary qualities for students to become leaders in the community.

The Sky Computing graduates said that this was one of the best groups of students they’d had and that their coding was awesome.

Thank you to Mr Coker for making this fantastic trip possible.