Young people with an interest in science and engineering can learn how to turn their passion into a career at a science fair in Brighton tomorrow (11 July).
Big Bang @ Brighton will take place at the University of Brighton and organisers are promising “an exciting, colourful and noisy event” aimed at encouraging more students to pursue further studies and potential careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Organised by STEM Sussex, the University of Brighton’s STEM outreach department, the event is funded by the Sussex Learning Network’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a four-year programme aimed at encouraging more young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, into higher education.
Big Bang @ Brighton will feature a range of hands-on activities, workshops and shows provided by many local companies, universities and colleges and other organisations, highlighting the STEM-related opportunities available to young people in the area. Read More →
Elise Davies, Digital Media BSc(Hons) tells us about her final year project (and her course).
“I chose Brighton because not many universities offered digital media and I liked the variety of the course. I was going to choose graphic design but I wanted the knowledge of coding which this course given me. The city of Brighton was also a big factor, there is always something going on and it’s a lovely city to live in.
I have enjoyed the variety of the modules, they all draw on different parts of digital media the assignments are all different. I have enjoyed learning new things and meeting new people. The range of software and the variety of things I have learnt is definitely something I would recommend. The module choice is quite flexible, many of the people on my course are have taken the course in a different path to me and this can be seen in their final year projects.
My final year project is a smartphone application called A)(ON which is designed to assist the daily life of people living with dementia. It allows users to live independently in their home; this will reduce the amount of people entering care homes who have an early diagnosis of dementia.
A)(ON is designed for people living with dementia and their carers. The application will organise the patient’s day to increase their wellbeing. The patient can complete activities throughout the day to encourage independence. This would give peace of mind to their family members and reduce carer reliance.
I feel like I have gained skills in many different areas and this will hopefully make more employable and gives me more career options.”
Computer Science (Games) BSc(Hons) student John Evans tells us a bit about his course and demos his final year project robot at the Computing Degree Show.
“I chose this course as it is a general computer science course which could give me more options compared to focusing purely on games. The artificial intelligence modules and web-based games module were the most exciting for me personally, as I got to explore interesting concepts with technologies I enjoyed using.
I had an interest in technology from a young age and believed that Computer Science would allow me to understand more about tech and learn the skills I would need to join the tech world. Brighton is also known as UK’s next digital tech hub and this can be seen by the various small business and start-ups within the area. This makes having the University of Brighton on my CV much more valuable for employers.
I would highly recommend Computer Science to anyone considering it. There is a good mix of modules within the course (mostly technical) but you will have a few modules throughout the degree which will teach you how businesses may apply these principles.
Sam Buxton, Business Information Systems BA(Hons), talks about his work experience at RSM UK and migrating into the Microsoft Cloud.
I did my placement at RSM UK where I worked as an IT Trainee for 16 months. The role encompassed everything from IT Support tasks, all the way up to designing and deploying solutions to meet the business needs. I managed the third line support desk while simultaneously working on agile project tasks, such as the migration of employees into the Microsoft Cloud. I also had the opportunity to help colleagues fit out new offices with the base networking infrastructure.
Nafis Jared Rubio Borrego, Computer Science BSc(Hons), took time out from presenting his work at the computing degree show to tell us a bit more about his project and placement experience.
“I love the diversity of the City and the University of Brighton is a nice place to study – it’s flexible, creative and exciting.
One of the highlights of the course was doing a placement year with a medical company, Eschmann Holdings, as Junior Software Developer. During my placement I implemented a continuous integration service using only open source software. I also developed an API (application programming interface) that connects to a US database and synchronises requirements for projects with the UK database. In addition, the augmented reality application for the training of the NHS staff I worked on was also the basis for my dissertation.
Zahra Rahman, Digital Media BSc(Hons), tells us about her travel safety app project.
“My final year project is based on the evaluation and re-design of a mobile app called FCO Alerts that was available via Google Play. The app allows the traveller/consumer to select countries they would like to receive safety updates for.
A successful placement year led to the inspiration for a final year project and job on graduation, for final year Business Information Systems BA(Hons) student Kathryn Haycock. We caught up with Kathryn at the Computing Degree Show and found out more about her placement, her final year project and life as a University of Brighton student.