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Students enjoying new computer science course at Tapton

The David and Jane Richards Family Foundation is working with Tapton School as part of its work to inspire the next generation of UK technology entrepreneurs.

The computer science course, which has been running since September 2018, has already given students the opportunity to meet with industry experts and experience the use of Big Data in a number of settings. Recent activities have included:

  • A trip to Sheffield Hallam University to see how Big Data is being used to improve the performance of athletes
  • A visit from staff at business management software firm MINDBODY, to speak to students about how they use data in various roles
  • A day spent with Y12 and Y13 students prototyping, experimenting and exploring some state-of-the-art applications for the Internet of Things.

A group of students, who have taken on the extra role of Student Media Officers, have been letting us know what they have been up to so far:

Sheffield Hallam University Trip

"The trip was great, it showed us hands on how professionals analyse data in sport so we could link it to lessons."

"We all got a feel for what it is like to be a student at Sheffield Hallam University, and the ways that undergraduates might use data analysis in their studies."

MINDBODY visit to Tapton

"We learnt about the types of jobs available and the different roles within companies, which was inspiring."

"It showed us how everything we are learning in class is applied practically in a workplace."

"I now understand more about how Big Data can be displayed to make it more visual."

Internet of Things

"The day was spent working with experts from industry."

"The experience was interesting as we discussed the wide range of applications available on the Raspberry Pi Zeros."

About the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation

David Richards, the founder and chief executive of WANdisco plc, set up DJRFF with wife Jane to educate, empower and improve the lives of children. The foundation is registered as a charitable incorporated organisation to operate throughout England.

Its trustees are Professor Chris Brady, director of the Centre for Sports Business at the University of Salford, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, and Herb Kim, founder and CEO of Thinking Digital.

Its aims are the advancement of computing and ecology education in state schools and the advancement of environmental protection and improvement.

The foundation is also supporting the installation and running of beehives at a number of state schools in the Sheffield area. David and Jane Richards have donated shares in WANdisco to fund its work.