Looking to a digital future
Chesham Grammar School recently held a Digital Day for its year 10 computer studies pupils, which was organised by the school’s subject leader for ICT and computing Vee Lakhani.
The British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) came into the school in White Hill, Chesham, and ran a day of activities for the pupils where they had to design apps for mobile phones and then present them to their classmates and the three BIMA representatives.
Digital Day is an initiative is run within Chesham Grammar School to help computing students to understand what their learning in the subject would potentially lead to in the future and to help motivate them further to firstly, understand the subject further and also to help them negotiate which branch of the subject they may be typically interested in, in the future.
Digital Day was created in 2012 as a pragmatic response to the digital talent shortage by coordinating BIMA members to help raise awareness of digital careers amongst young people.
Local group, Native Design, ran the day and working with them was an eye opener for the pupils and the department.
Pupils engaged in hearing how their potential careers could develop, understand the thought process about working with others, and to potentially ‘think outside the box’ to make their ideas stand out from the rest of the schools involved.
The Native Design team started by briefing the pupils on their individual backgrounds, and how they ended up in their current positions, and then went on to how their organisation is set-up and what it is they do and how this is related to what the pupils are currently studying.
Pupils then had the opportunity to watch and interact with a live stream run by Rory Sutherland who is the vice chairman of Oggilvy Group UK Vice and is one of the industry’s leading digital innovators.
Pupils at Chesham Grammar School take part in a digital Day