Balshaw’s Church of England High School

GCSE Computer Science Students Visit Microsoft UK HQ!

5 July 2016


On Tuesday 28th June, Mr Mort and Miss Lockhart took twenty-nine students from Year 10 GCSE Computer Science on a trip to visit the UK Headquarters of Microsoft in Reading! The coach left school at 6.15am with all students on time.

On arrival at Microsoft, the group were met by Mr Andrew Quinn, one of the school governors, who just happens to work for Microsoft! After a brief introduction, there was a presentation by one of the Microsoft Education team who talked about how to get a career in the company. Students then took part in some coding activities using Minecraft and BBC micro:bits, as well as taking part in a quiz where prizes could be won!

After lunch, students got into groups where they had to prepare a presentation based on “Imagine you were….” The presentation had to look at how their characters could use various Microsoft products in their daily lives. Before the presentations took place, students watched a presentation from various people who were on the Microsoft Apprenticeship programme, and were given information about both the technical and non-technical roles within the company.

Students then went on a tour of the Microsoft campus and saw how people worked in relaxed open spaces. At the end of the day students were able to ask any questions before boarding the coach home. A fantastic day was had by all and students came away having learned new things about technology. 


GCSE Computer Science Students Visit Microsoft UK HQ!



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