On 17 March, a cohort of students in the Coding Club from Years 7-9 visited the HP department on Wood Street. Travelling by tube, we entered a big glass building into a large atrium with busy official-looking men and women walking in and out. We go up in a lift to the 3rd floor, marvelling at the glass lift as we travel up. Our tour guide led us through a corridor, and we saw lots of people sitting at desks on computers.
We entered a large room with a long desk in front of us, and a projecting board. By hooking up their laptops to the board, the students were able to show their projects to some employees at HP, and see what they thought. There were a mixture of projects from games written in Scratch and Java, quizes in Python, a lovely animation and a very impressive demonstration of a graphical gaming interface. Every student found the courage to present their work in a professional and confident way. HP staff commented on how impressed they were.
After that it was HP’s turn to wow us. One of their engineers showed us the HP Sprout, an all-new computer with a 3D scanner built in, a computer at the forefront of new technology. You can place an object on a special mat below the camera, and the computer will scan the item and measure the dimensions for you. Once the image is on the Sprout, you are able to zoom in on the image and annotate around it, which could be very useful in classrooms and presentations - you’ll never have to huddle around an object again! After all the presenting was done, HP gave each of us a powerbank - a small HP wireless charger - and free highlighters & pens!
Overall, everyone on the trip was completely amazed by the whole experience, as it had given us an insight into the new things going on at HP. When asked about why he liked coding, Enego said “I love the fact that you can create anything. When I’m older I want to code and create games myself.”
Nathaniel Kemp, Y8