Sopra Steria running Technology Challenge at Barnwood Park Arts College for Girls

Tuesday 4 October 2016

through to Friday, 7 October 2016
Barnwood Park Arts College for Girls, Gloucestershire

  Sopra Steria will run a two-day technology challenge to help the students of Barnwood Park Arts College for Girls advance their knowledge of technology and how it can be used for the benefit of society. This will include providing Raspberry Pi computers and volunteer tech mentors.

Over two days the girls will work in teams with Sopra Steria volunteers to learn how to build and programme credit card-sized computers to perform different tasks.  At the end of the first day, they will be given a challenge: build a project that has a social benefit, for example something that social workers could use to improve their work, or the lives of the people they serve.

Tracey Lee, Sopra Steria’s Head of Local Government, said, “Access to high-quality technology education for all students is important for the future employability of today’s young people, and for the health of the economy.  Girls in particular are still underrepresented in technology careers, and by encouraging them to develop confidence in their IT skills at an early age, Sopra Steria hopes to help change that.”

The teams will present their projects at the end of the second day, and a panel of judges from Sopra Steria and Gloucestershire County Council will award a prize to the winning team or teams: a trip to the Wired Next Generation technology conference for young people in London in November.

This initiative is part of Sopra Steria’s sustainability programme, which encourages digital inclusion, and is in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, to whom Sopra Steria provides ICT services.

Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader at Gloucestershire County Council said, “We are delighted to be working with a technology partner that invests in our communities and educational institutions.”

Simon Holland, Computer Science teacher at Barnwood Park Arts College for Girls said, “This initiative will help our students feel more confident in their computing skills in a fun and rewarding way, and, we hope, encourage more girls into a future career in the STEM subjects.”

Discover more about Sopra Steria's approach to Sustainability and our experience working with Gloucestershire County Council, including supporting GCC's initiative to refurbish and donate computers it no longer uses to benefit local people as part of a new project called e-Forwards.


Jen Rodvold