During the drop down days last week, 140 year 9 students got to delve deeply into KPMG as a company and explore job opportunities in large companies. They also looked at some of KPMG’s client briefs and competed against each other to find solutions to a problem posed by using current or possible future technologies.
During the sessions students got to use a hololens. This is a set of smartglasses for Windows Mixed Reality. It is cordless and self contained and we could see dinosaurs in 3D whilst also seeing the real world around us, you could also hear sounds and explanations without having head phones. The most exciting commercial application of Microsoft HoloLens technology is that it enables immersive simulation-based training in ultrasound and anatomical education through augmented reality for increased patient safety and enhanced learning. One student said “it’s really exciting being some of the first school kids ever to use one”.
Students also had the opportunity to work on a Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote teaching of basic computer science in schools. The original model became far more popular than anticipated, selling outside its target market for uses such as robotics.
However, on students’ self evaluation form, the part of the day that they said they enjoyed the most was “being out of their comfort zone”. This relates to the presentation that they had to deliver based on their research and solution design. One student said “Presenting - I didn't like the idea at first but then I got into it!”.
Take a look at the pictures below: