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21/02/18

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Exciting things happening across in language learning. Here is the new club, thanks to and funding https://t.co/89rPuad2JK https://t.co/9e4yzSakVV

21/02/18

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Fantastic talk from Churchill and Pembroke colleges, Cambridge, discussing the application process with keen Year 12 students! https://t.co/dcp9sB7PmN

19/02/18

Come to our Feminist Society supper club, Thurs 22 Feb restaurant , 5pm. Hosted by with special guests & . Light bites and delicious ramen! Proceeds to Find out more https://t.co/vq2s9hzlc8 https://t.co/nifpcFbEax

14/02/18

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The first ever Feminist Society supper club next week! Generously hosted by & with reflections from special guests & . All proceeds to tickets available here https://t.co/5k1Lfm5rDq https://t.co/ChKzG7ibIL

07/02/18

A classroom 'crime scene' inspires Year 8 to turn detective and think about how to write a great crime story. "It really helped me to think carefully about the different ways I could engage my reader”. Zoe, Year 8 https://t.co/2R3rCwfXEe https://t.co/YHoBzoySU9

06/02/18

Our Dance Company excelled at the dance competition in Stevenage yesterday, winning the best choreography, best entertainment and best technical awards, and coming fourth overall. So of our 23 dancers. https://t.co/i1oDIquETx

06/02/18

Why have we wrapped up some of our books in brown paper? To show Year 8 you can't judge a book by its cover, of course. Find out more https://t.co/lYNMDDmscn https://t.co/Xrs8YzqzzQ

05/02/18

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Y11 standing on the rooftop of LSE dreaming big for their futures of conquering the city! https://t.co/mr88PR81bl

03/02/18

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“Why didn’t the lecturer’s hands freeze in the liquid nitrogen?” Fascinating discussion with students on our way back from the brilliant trip to

03/02/18

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Time for the second half of the ‘Seizing Opportunities’ training session for our and leaders with . What is your ‘why’ for being an outward facing leader? https://t.co/xQwHBDUett

03/02/18

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So excited to be with our trainees and students to talk with leading academics in and https://t.co/4hAiQultSu

03/02/18

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Life is most definitely what you make it! has given our and leaders food for thought. Own your excellence as nobody else will! https://t.co/nBUCCkjVK3

31/01/18

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A fantastic day of learning, discussion & quality cinema Great to have 40 A-Level students in attendance from https://t.co/8iJdgjv1TG

31/01/18

Meet Harsa, Year 13, our first ever student to get an offer to study . “When I found out about my offer from I was ecstatic about what the future may hold for me. I want to use my knowledge to improve the health of the patients I hope to see in future." https://t.co/zNltjvQ9x5

31/01/18

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Huge congratulations to everyone who received their Bronze Award at a wonderful presentation evening last week and are now moving on to their Silver Award. Also.....what a wonderful cake!! https://t.co/zM5MZMuMyI

29/01/18

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First session of the new year with our Step-Up delegates !Today’s session is on & others. How would you get others to buy into your ideas for improvement? https://t.co/ZBHEbn02Oh

28/01/18

learning from the Millwall Lionesses today! https://t.co/pBzt5F40Ed

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Posted on November 24th 2017

Leslie Invents Virtual Reality Game

Leslie (left)Leslie in Year 10 is a real STEM inspiration. She has been working on her own Virtual Reality (VR) and Tech projects, and is now leading her own sessions at our KS4 STEM club.

She's pictured here with Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder of Stemettes, who was awarded an MBE this year for services to young women and STEM sectors. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths.

During the summer Leslie applied for a STEM programme run by Acorn Aspirations, a group of entrepreneurs, mentors and educators who want to empower young people aged 12-18 to gain the skills they need to change the world with technology.

Virtual reality game

“I wanted to learn entrepreneurial skills and explore in-depth how to create a virtual reality game,” says Leslie. “During the summer I met a group of young people who also had the same passion for VR and we created a game called Eduscape. This is an app that helps teens develop their interest in maths while making it fun.”

As part of the programme Leslie also learned how to pitch her ideas to investors and other entrepreneurs, and how to make sure that when developing an idea she considers the customers’ needs and what will make them happy.

“I learned about product design and collaboration skills”, she says. “The best things about Acorn Aspiration is that I have the opportunity to pitch and have constant meet-ups to help me improve. Currently, it’s a work in progress but I love the idea that I am currently working on.”

Pitching her ideas

Elena Sinel, founder/CEO of Acorn Aspirations has been very impressed with Leslie. “When I interviewed her, she mentioned she really wanted to learn about VR and was keen to independently explore Unity, a web platform where you can develop games and VR experiences. During the Accelerator programme she spent two weeks developing Eduscape with two other members of her team. She also met over 20 entrepreneurs and speakers and learned the process of developing a digital product.”

Following the Accelerator, Leslie and her team had an opportunity to pitch her Eduscape idea at the WomenInGames conference and also at a Demo Day taking place at Wayra Accelerator/Telefonia. She also pitched her idea to industry leaders and investors at the Youth and Innovation Conference.

By 2020 there will be more than 2 million jobs in tech. As things stand, most of these jobs will not be filled as the UK is struggling to bridge the digital skills gap, says Elena. “We need more young people, girls in particular, to embrace digital skills to drive our economy forward. I am incredibly impressed with Leslie's enthusiasm and I feel she is a great example and a role model for other girls.”