The Thomas Hardye School

Bournemouth University provide STEM workshops for Thomas Hardye



Bournemouth Uni team

The ICT and Computing department hosted 2  excellent STEM workshops delivered by Bournemouth University aimed at widening participation in STEM subjects and redressing the shortage of girls going into STEM careers. The first, a Robotics Challenge, included over 40 girls in year 9 and 11 and focussed on programming skills that involved problem solving to make Lego robots navigate tasks.

2 of the winners from Year 9 Charlotte Ballard and Kiara Cole said about the event “It was really good, we were able to use expensive robots and because we had freedom to construct and test we felt we were in control”. The day was incredibly successful and resulted in 3 teams winning the challenge and the whole group received individual Crest Awards.

On Friday John Baxter and his team from the university returned to help a different group of 29 girls learn how to animate using software. After an introduction in the range of jobs available in the computing and animation industry, the group effectively created snowmen animations and their own 3-D animations.

Bournemouth Team

3 year 10 GCSE ICT students said the opportunity was excellent. Ella Scott remarked “I had lots of fun learning the new skills and am very proud of what I managed to produce”.  Amy Churchill went on to comment “The software was quite confusing at first but what you could do with it was really fun”. Georgia Gibbons enthused and added  ” I want a job using ICT and the morning helped me to see what is out there”.
We hope that the experiences gave everyone the insight into Computing and ICT careers and hope that our girls will help balance the gender gap and strive to become programmers and animators in the future.


Robot Challenge


Bournemouth Uni



Bournemouth Uni




January 2016