On Wednesday 12th February, Payara held a programming and coding skills workshop for a number of students at local high school, Dyson Perrins CofE Academy, Worcestershire ,UK.
Led by two of our Degree Apprentices, Cuba Stanley and Matt Gill, the Devoxx4Kids seminar provided a group of students aged 13-14 with the opportunity to expand their tech and electronics knowledge through a range of fun activities, including creative programming and coding music.
As the latest initiative as part of our “Grow our Own” recruitment strategy, this unique event was specifically designed to interest a younger audience, with its purpose being to teach children code, programming and numerous other IT skills.
Apprentice, Matt Gill, said: “Our first Devoxx4Kids workshop was a fantastic experience, proving that young people can solve interesting problems without specialist knowledge. The students had a chance to gain a real interest in learning to code and create projects of their own.”
Thomas Swan, IT & Computing Teacher at Dyson Perrins said: “In this day and age, programming is becoming an increasingly sought-after skill. It was so refreshing to see all the students working together in teams, as well as independently. Thank you to Payara for giving up your time – the students loved it!”
Miss Birch, Head of year at the school added: “It was a brilliant and productive couple of hours, during which all of our students were focused, happy and excited. They showed excellent ability and they all flourished…they even asked for another session. Thank you to everyone at Payara for such a unique experience.”
Here’s what the students thought…
“I really enjoyed the Sonic Pi programming and would recommend this to anyone who makes music and thinks they may want to work in the industry.” – Nidhish
“It was extremely enjoyable, made better by the fact that the instructors were very helpful and patient. I would love to do it again.” – Max
“It was easy to navigate so I found it easy to grasp. I look forward to using it again if I ever get the opportunity to.” – Ollie
Thanks to the hard work of those involved we are now keen to offer the workshops out to other schools within Worcestershire.