Our 2022 Impact Journey
The skills that matter
I think the most inspiring thing for me was the fact that you might not always think that you're going to be good at this thing.... But then when we actually thought about what we're going to do, we realised that, if we change our mindset to make it more positive, we can do whatever we want to.
I think one of the great benefits of the Apps for Good programme is the way it blends together learning about the technology, which is developing all the time and is going to be required in most work settings in the future for any settings that our students work in, and blends that with the notion of growing up to be a citizen.
Inspired by Industry
Some students come from economically deprived backgrounds so they don’t naturally come into contact with engineers or business leaders. My students are going to meet with the team from Spotify and that is just so exciting as they all love their music and this is a company totally relevant to their current lives.
The volunteers were very friendly and basically told us that they are very engaged in our app. And so that made us feel good. It was very interesting to see from a different person's perspective, because obviously we as a collective, we have our ideas, but when you see it from someone else’s perspective it’s different. You see maybe certain flaws, certain positives, which you didn’t see. It really helps you improve your idea, and it makes you feel good.
When they have gone online and discussed their ideas with Bob and received feedback, the kids walk into a room and they are ten feet tall.
Expert volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to be able to spend time helping students, challenge them in a positive way, assist in their progress through the Apps for Good programme and hopefully have a positive impact on their education.
Empowering responsible citizens
It's opened up their eyes to what Computer Science is, how they could use that, whether they might then think about that as a future career.
I enjoyed being able to essentially make a difference. And affect the world with just a simple app. Being given that opportunity I think was really great for not just us, but because we can help everyone. But we also learned a lot from this opportunity. We all really enjoyed it.
We’ve learned that technology can socially benefit us and the way that technology can actually help us in making a better world. Rather than it being negative, it can actually be used for a positive cause.
2022 in Focus: Innovate for Climate Change
The students really engaged with the Innovate for Climate Change course. All students were able to succeed and it was a rewarding project linked to real world industry. Students gained skills in problem solving, teamwork and independence.
Our idea really mattered to us. We know climate change will get worse, so we know that if we can act now, it could make the future better. People in the future could live more peacefully without carbon emissions being released and rising temperatures.
The whole moral purpose of the course - solving a real world problem is really appealing. Computing can sometimes feel a little bit cold. In terms of the relevance of the learning - a project based learning, identifying the problem and then working out how tech can solve it takes you outside of the normal things you cover in the curriculum.