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09/05/22

Girls marked Eid with a special event on 6th May. They learned about the origins and significance of henna, got the chance to watch henna artists at work, and have a go themselves too. We also raised money for . https://t.co/YBEvDMDVbF https://t.co/C8oqOWhaQu

09/05/22

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Our arrived at today! Excited and ready to represent Niger this weekend!!! https://t.co/UdE3SzfDJp

09/05/22

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Our presenting their committees' resolution papers at the final General Assembly of conference. Well done for your eloquent speeches! We are so proud for your significant contributions and outstanding performance! https://t.co/yAIWta1zeU

04/05/22

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thank you for inviting me to facilitate a workshop on my artistic practice and mental health journey; the experience was truly cathartic. ~what a fantastic group of young women. excited for next week… 🎨👀✨ https://t.co/4C3iAOo6ok

25/04/22

A big thank you to tutors and HAB teachers for taking Year 8 students for a fascinating experience trip to Christ's College Cambridge. Students were able to complete a mini–Model United Nation conference and enjoy a tour of the college. https://t.co/Ue0VYt5IkC

21/04/22

"Seeing a play in person gives you a whole new view of the production." Read an article by Jahnaey, Year 9, on our school trip to see 'Wicked'. https://t.co/qJFaf4HHsA https://t.co/uqnLoMKKHl

23/03/22

Summer Opportunities For Year 11 HAB Girls With NCS. Read a letter to parents from NCS, who are working with HAB to create summer experiences for our Year 11 students. Find out more https://t.co/O4rruOhOLx https://t.co/4aL9Bo9VtZ

21/03/22

Congratulations to Najma for winning the "Outstanding Delegate" Award, and Amina for winning the "Honourable Commendation" at this weekend's Model United Nations conference. All HAB students demonstrated the HAB ethos throughout the conference. Full story https://t.co/TzGbzQSwAR https://t.co/P95wH9roqs

21/03/22

Well done to our Year 12 delegates for attending the Youth Model United Nations London conference this weekend. The conference focused on several global issues, with girls representing different countries and debating and finalising resolutions. Full story https://t.co/TzGbzQSwAR https://t.co/3giV5JDJJg

16/03/22

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Super excited to meet the next generation of at our STEAM 2022 Welcome Evening on Thursday 🧪 📡 🛠🎨🎲 Year 5 are most welcome too ☺ https://t.co/Zfwhd5oxP8 https://t.co/3on3lMSBqM

16/03/22

Spot our yr11 GCSE Music students who were invited to take part in this wonderful event! https://t.co/VWxPV61SjF

15/03/22

Very important business to discuss as our Student Government introduce themselves to Lord Harris. Our elected students discussed with Lord Harris the motivation and purpose behind our new HAB student government. https://t.co/qC8J12Mnam https://t.co/bM6dUPgTqM

15/03/22

We celebrated with events around the school to raise awareness and start conversations around this year's theme of . Full report and lots more pics at https://t.co/7ip6pY3ccc https://t.co/RNDhx6zs6n

15/03/22

Year 12s complete their peer mentoring training with Kidscape trainer Danny Dalton, and are ready to begin their mentoring journey at HAB, listening and supporting fellow pupils. https://t.co/FJe0hi5Hzr https://t.co/FE0X3qUX35

08/03/22

“The National Junior Indoor Championship made me challenge myself to go above and beyond," Deborah, Year 9. Thanks to for their support! Full story https://t.co/q2DcbJqmfg https://t.co/c6pjZ8Jys2

03/03/22

Any guesses who's dressed up as Jurassic Park for ? Clue: it's Dr Hay https://t.co/h25q0ZqPMj

03/03/22

We've got some special guests in school today for including Cruella de Vil, Macbeth, Mary Poppins, the Queen of Hearts, a host of Shakespearean and Manga characters and even a Cheshire Cat. All getting on famously and https://t.co/SpLNKCfZn4

08/02/22

Our student government in action. Find out more about our first student parliament and meet our MPs at https://t.co/qC8J12uLLM https://t.co/lLWy6xqn7K

08/02/22

Our Year 7 lunch time crew in action. Tilly from Year 7 is the teacher. https://t.co/jOzw4UqqFH

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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.”