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Samkeliso Kimeinyi, 14

Alongside my normal classes, I’ve also been working towards professional Microsoft qualifications during independent learning time.

Alongside my normal classes, I’ve also been working towards professional Microsoft qualifications during independent learning time. I’m now a Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) in software development, windows development and web development. I was the first student at the UTC to become a MTA and one of the youngest in the UK to gain the accreditation.

MTA training links to what we're learning in class, and has given me a greater understanding of programming and how diverse the field is. My new knowledge was really useful when we developed an app during the Microsoft employer project; we ended up developing a much better app.

I’ve also developed another app– the Lite app is a flashlight for Windows phones that contains no ads. I released the app on to the Windows store and within two weeks it had reached 5,000 downloads and had a 5-star rating. My app also features in the ‘new and rising section of the app store. I put forward this project to be judged by the committee at the British Computer Society (BCS) and was really happy when I found out I had won at the student celebrations!

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