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cloudThing at CEBE's 'World STEM Day'

Julie WhitingJuly 2nd 2019

cloudThing attended CEBE's 'World STEM Day' at Birmingham City University with the aim of inspiring young minds to explore the opportunities that a STEM subject/career could offer them.

On Wednesday 26th June, cloudThing attended CEBE’s event, ‘World of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)’ at Birmingham City University. Emma Cowley (Head of Testing), Adil Aslam (Dynamics Functional Consultant) and Jason Gardner (Senior Marketing Executive) were on our stand and were looking to open young students’ mind to all the opportunities and careers in IT. 

There was a real buzz of excitement around the stand from roughly 700 Year 9 pupils who attended the day and we were so excited to show them all the cool things that you can do with IT. The most popular demonstration that we gave was the Face and Emotion Recognition tool using AI and there were many smiling faces who tested it. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and share our stories and awesome IT experiences with them, and we hope that we managed to inspire some students.  

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It was great going out and engaging with young people, especially at such an important stage, where they are making choices that could impact the direction of their lives.  If I only managed to enthuse one single person about a career in IT, then it was worth it.  We really were Building Future!

Emma Cowley- Head of Testing, cloudThing

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The day wasn’t revolved around our stand (as cool and friendly as it was)- there were many activities where the students could get involved such as rocket and car making, AI demonstrations, Lego challenges and a building challenge that involved a 14-metre-long bridge, provided by the Institute of Civil Engineers. Although these seemed like just challenges, it also cleverly showed the amount of fun and creativity that can be brought to life within the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  

Why pick a STEM subject to study at university and pursue a job in? Well, STEM subjects help you to stay up-to-date with technology and as we live in a more and more technology-based society, it is important to keep up with the new technology being introduced. It can help you make a difference within that STEM environment and will allow you to use your creative and innovative mind to its full potential.  

© Julie WhitingJuly 2nd 2019

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