Artificial Intelligence and Computing Inspirational Talks

All Years STEM

Wycombe High students hear inspirational talks surrounding STEM

As part of Wycombe High’s continued goal of developing student’s exposure to the digital world, this term saw three inspirational talks, hosted by the University of Buckingham’s Dean of Computing, Dr Sellahawa.

Every student in the school learnt how Artificial Intelligence can be utilised in everyday life, from farming to increase crop production, right through to the way we interact with our environments with our smart phones.

Students were introduced to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and were surprised to see that many of the features on their own smart phones already contained features of AI.

It is estimated that the world’s population will increase by two million over the next 35 years. This means that as a civilisation we need to produce more food than ever, as well as 120% more water and 42% more cropland. As a result we are likely to lose 14% more forestry and produce 77% more greenhouse gases.

AI’s use in ‘smart farming’ to target pesticides in specific areas only, reduces the wastage of crops and increases productivity. Drones, the cloud and ‘smart traps’ are just some of the technologies being utilised.

Students were encouraged to think about their future career choices, and shown that a degree in computing is not as data and code driven as once thought. More than 3000 students currently attend Buckingham University, who offer seven schools of study: Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Wellbeing. They also have a Foundation and Academic Skills Department.

Many of the videos played during the talks were led by successful females who came from non-computing backgrounds. Thus showing that good problem solving, mathematical, creativity and planning skills are of high importance in the ever advancing digital working world.

We look forward to the next partnership project with Buckingham University, where we hope to be using facial recognition technology with sixth form students to decipher code and identify celebrities.

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