Go4Set Game Day
Mr Goff and Mrs Thomson accompanied students to an event at the University of Westminster
On Friday 3rd July 2015, a group of girls who had been working on a project for the GO4SET Challenge 2015 travelled down to London to present their idea to the judges. The girls were one of seven schools participating in the event and they won the Student's’ Choice Award.
The girls, along with Mrs Thomson and Mr Goff, assembled in Reading Station early in the morning, taking the train and the London Underground route to get to the University of Westminster, where the event was taking place. As they arrived, they were kindly welcomed by the staff and taken to a display stand, where they set up for their presentation. There was an air of expectation and a certain kind of rivalry as the other schools arrived.
Later during the morning, they were welcomed and given a schedule which gave the time for their presentation. The team had one more quick rehearsal with their mentors, Helen Garrick and Peter Grimmond from Symantec, before being led into a separate room with four of the competition judges.During the presentation, the girls explained what their idea was, a portable ‘E- Wallet’, as well as giving the judges some fundamental facts about the History of Money and why their idea was better than any other competitors. They presented with a confident and professional air, which was not put off by the judges’ lack of reaction to their idea.
After they returned to their stand, the girls presented their idea again to their judges as well as other important officials, such as the representative for the sponsor of the event, Mastercard. One of the awards was Students’ Choice, where each team got to select the idea they thought best, so the girls went round each of the stands, hearing and actively asking questions about the other ideas.
After that, the team had their lunch and went round London to do some sightseeing and shop- window gazing, as well as taking innumerable selfies. Once they had gotten back, it was time for the award ceremony but before that they girls filled in a questionnaire about the experience, watched a speech given by the sponsor of the event, a representative from Mastercard and got the opportunity to become Industrial Cadets, a scheme which encourages young people into the Industry business.”I think it’s wonderful that we get these kinds of opportunities and I’m very grateful for them, as I want to go into Industry” says a student who was part of the winning team.
The girls all received certificates and won the Student’s Choice Award, though they were disappointed not to win overall Best Project. The girls warmly thanked their mentors and the accompanying teachers for giving them the opportunity. The representative from Mastercard approached the school, saying the the team has been invited to pitch their idea to the staff at Mastercard,as well as have a tour of their buildings and latest technology. Everyone was thrilled. The girls were treated to a celebratory Starbucks, before heading home with their display stand and trophies.