Be Switched On

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BeSwitchedOn is an activity that has run in the department of computing, university of northampton for the last four years. the aim is to provide year 12-13 students with an idea of the nature of computing in a university.

Email: scott.turner@northampton.ac.uk

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Be Switched On

  1. 1. BeSwitched On Project Evolves 2. Activities 1. Introduction <ul><li>Originally the project was to run a one day workshop for Computing students in Further Education colleges to get a taster of computing in Higher Education, building on the previous events. </li></ul><ul><li>AimHigher ran a related event (AFactor) during the time of the project which met the goals of the project including </li></ul><ul><li>  Engaging FE students, </li></ul><ul><li>Giving them a positive experience of computing, </li></ul><ul><li>This enabled some new and exciting opportunities to be pursued. </li></ul><ul><li>AFactor and the money from the Widening Participation funding gave us an opportunity to use a resource unique in this region,  NVision , to give the students (and later groups of students) a chance to ‘play’ in an immersive environment. </li></ul>Scott Turner(School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton)., Kelly Savage (NVision, Northampton) and Stuart Wayne (Nvision, Northampton) A demonstration module, that has been used in events for Widening Participation events Provided hands on experience in groups for 3 – 4 people by creating a 3d presentation using a professional design tool called Autodesk Showcase. The students are given a short design brief and shown how to import models, select materials, shots and backgrounds then set up an animation and then present a 3d show to their peers in a professional setting. 3. Summary <ul><li>A hands-on module has been developed that has lets students get experience with some high-end visualisation equipment that is only usually available in large companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Combining the project money with money from other projects and sources has enabled a much richer experience for the participants. </li></ul><ul><li>The range of subjects areas that this is applicable to, is wider than the original projects goals whilst still meeting those goals. </li></ul><ul><li>  Feedback has been very positive about experience both from the students who took part and the accompanying staff.  “ The Computer Day at Northampton University was brilliant.  All students thoroughly enjoyed the event and those who attended are looking in depth at the courses Northampton offer . ” Caroline Freeman (IT Tutor, Tresham) as sent to AimHigher. </li></ul><ul><li>Around 90 students have been through the module. It has also enabled a widening the range of students that can be engaged. </li></ul>4. Acknowledgements <ul><li>University Widening Participation Funding </li></ul><ul><li>AimHigher Northamptonshire </li></ul><ul><li>Connexions Northamptonshire </li></ul><ul><li>NVision was made possible thanks to £2.5m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) </li></ul>

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