UTC Reading exclusively chosen to deliver Sage FutureMakers programme to budding computer scientists
During the first half term of the academic year, GCSE computer science students at UTC Reading took part in the Sage FutureMakers programme, an initiative that UTC Reading were chosen to deliver as part of a global programme aimed at addressing the challenges young people face with a changing workforce due to digital transformation.
This programme, rolled out over a two-week period, provides skills to the next generation in the development of ethical, responsible technology. It looks to inspire the youth to engage in AI and give them a set of skills that will be required by businesses for jobs that don’t currently exist.
The course topics include taking students from basic Python programming to building a chatbot in Python and using machine learning services. UTC Reading students were at an advantage having already become versed in Python programming due to it being part of the curriculum. They were also able to learn how to build and deploy a web app with several pages.
Following half-term, Year 10 computer scientists at UTC Reading will also be able to take part.
In order to deliver this programme, during the summer holidays, UTC Reading teachers were trained by AI for Good to embed this exciting project into the curriculum.
The students said the programme was ‘a fun experience’, ‘a great opportunity as it gave a deeper understanding of coding and AI’ and that it was ‘interesting and has shown that you can make a real difference in the world”.
Sage FutureMakers was setup by Sage Foundation and AI for Good, who create innovative and scalable technologies.
Sage Foundation believes in the value of engaging and educating the next generation of AI leaders in our rapidly changing world.