Posted Thursday, February 4, 2016 under professional 1 minute read
Throughout my time at Newcastle University (2015 to 2018) I played a supporting role in the school of computing science’s outreach programme as ‘Outreach Support Officer’. It was a load of fun!
This was a two year part-time role for the Computing Science school at Newcastle University where I helped develop an outreach programme aimed at local schools by conducting research and producing educational resource packs. Furthermore, I created activities that included building and programming robotics units using Arduino, Pico, BBC Microbit and Raspberry Pis (with C, Python). During this time, I contributed to the graphics design of posters and leaflets, website design, as well as general office work, with the aim of improving our engagement and presence.
The events we held were either on-site or at local schools and libraries, where we guided young students to develop what were to many their first computer programs, and gave teachers the means to continue the same work.
I’ve got younger siblings, I’ve always enjoyed working with students, and teaching and inspiring an early interest in technological literacy is something I believe is incredibly important.
While working, I had the opportunity to meet Sir Ian Livingstone, and we both poured fleeting admiration on the Computing At School (CaS) organisation for its work helping to adapt the school curriculum.
I gained experience:
The research entailed UI appraisal; looking at the outreach efforts of other institutions and analysis what they do right/wrong.
Furthermore, I helped develop an identity.
I also worked on the restructure of our website, producing a new sitemap and mock-ups of UI and advertisements for context. The aim was simplicity and extensibility, and I had to work to the greater institution’s style guide.
As you can see, throughout my work I put great importance on conveying my ideas visually; meetings were short, and this way interested parties were able to share them easier. I had a lot of freedom in my role, and I gained experience making proposals for change.
As an outgoing student, I created a reflective post detailing all of my work, so they could recruit a replacement.
I’d like to thank Laura Heels for her support during this period of time.