One of my favourite days at SNHS is Challenge Day. We are fortunate to fit in three a year, which gives students an opportunity to experience a variety of different events and activities, adding diversity to the curriculum. On the 20th June, The Cyber Roadshow visited SNHS, delivering a varied an technical programme to our Year 8 students.
The day consisted of two main labs; one delivered by the South West Police Cyber Crime Unit on the ethics of using technology, ensuring students develop an understanding of their responsibilities when using technology along with the Computer Misuse Act and its impacts of breaking this. Students interacting using tablets; voting on different scenarios before exploring them further.
The second lab was delivered by Beverly Clarke from CAS. Students looked at staying safe online when communicating with others. They started by using Binary Boxes to understand how binary is used to communicate and how encryption can be used to secure communication, looking in depth at the Caesar Cipher and the Enigma Code.
This was followed by two presentations. The first was by Martyn Case from Mott MacDonald Engineering, who explained how our students could transition from school to industry through different routes and what job roles and potential salaries might be possible. The second presentation was by Sturminster Newton's own Town Councillor, Chris Spackman, who has a rich and varied experience from working with and in technology and who still has a close link with Southampton University Computing department as a mentor. Chris helped round up the day, explaining the diverse roles available to our students and the rich opportunities and experiences they could have if they were to decide a career in tech was for them.
It was fantastic for the students to see that there are opportunities locally, nationally and internationally and that a considerable amount of tech jobs can be done from anywhere with a good internet connection. Throughout the day the students made me proud, asking sensible and challenging questions and I was very impressed with their keenness to understand what option choices would enable them to progress into tech careers.