Saturday 17th March, Dean Close Preparatory School (DCPS) welcomed nearly 100 parents and pupils from DCPS and local schools to enjoy a CyberFirst Adventurers Day. The aim of the day was to educate children and parents as to the role of computer science in the jobs of the future. Aimed at children ages 11-14, staff from National Cyber Security explained that nearly all jobs now have some sort of digital element.
After a brief introduction everyone was split into four groups. The first group examined the role of Computer Science in Medicine and Forensic Science. Teams entered a role-play situation whereby a computer hacker had managed to gain medical data from a hospital. In the scenario the delegates were shown anonymous digital profiles of 3000 individuals, the tutors then gave them ‘tricks’ which hackers use to identify someone. Everyone then had a go at ‘hacking’, identifying a number of individuals from a list of names.
Another group looked at technology in creative industries, such as web design. Through learning HTML coding, parents and children had a go at creating their own websites. Thirdly, teams examined the use of computer science in industries like sport. For example, the importance of keeping information about athletes’ health, their achievements in track and field and even keeping scores on Football and Rugby League tables.
Finally, everyone got to work in teams to dispel the myth that computer science is a lonely occupation. Teams worked together to solve problems which then helped the wider group solve a much bigger problem, in doing so, children and parents experienced the value of each team member’s contribution.
Kieran from Cyber Security said, “The reason we do this event is to open the eyes of children to a wealth of education and career paths in technology, computer science and cyber security. It was so nice to see everyone engaged and working together to find a solution to the puzzles we gave them.”
Pupil, Charlie Harris said, “It was a fantastic day! It was incredible to see how much information can be gathered from just a few tiny clues about someone. With just a little bit of research you can find their house, how much rent or mortgage they pay, see what car they drive, even work out what illnesses they have. I really enjoyed the exercise where we had to find a patient from a list of data. It has inspired me to consider a career in Forensic Computer Science.”