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Year 11 Computer Scientists: going above and beyond

Throughout the last year, Year 11 Computer Science pupils have been embarking on a project that furthers their knowledge and understanding about programming.

On Wednesday and Friday this week, they presented this to the class and to Mr Hamilton, who was able to judge the innovations they had created.

The 80:20 project is built on a model which was heralded by Google as a chance for employees to divert some of their working time to non-core projects. These projects could be charitable or following an interest of their own that could then be adopted by Google. From these projects, employees from Google created applications that we use today, such as Google Streetview and Gmail.

MicrosoftTeams-image (9)The 80:20 project at Bethany would allow pupils to stretch their understanding of programming that would in turn help them with their examination practice and technique. Pupils had to research their projects, learn new skills such as new programming languages, relate it back to the GCSE specification and seek ways to expand their knowledge further. Once created and tested, the pupils had to present their work.

MicrosoftTeams-image (10)Now in its second year, the pupils have been producing some fantastic projects including:

The winner this year is Jonathan Lam with his impressive machine learning algorithms for text-prediction. He has shown how to take natural language and an online database of vast web pages to generate a sentence from a one-word input. His presentation went into a lot of detail about machine learning, AI and natural language processing which was highly commendable.

MicrosoftTeams-image (8)Well done to everyone who undertook the project work this year. The amount of work and effort that has gone into the projects this year has been high and I hope that they will use these skills in their examinations in the summer term and also in the future as well.

Mr Hamilton
Head of Computer Science and IT Services