Students will learn hi-tech skills in USA

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The next generation of technology wizards are heading for the centre of the computer universe.

Five pupils from Morecambe Community High School are flying off to Silicon Valley in California.

Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s largest technology firms.

The Information Communications Technology (ICT)/Computing students will visit Cisco HQ, a leading networking equipment designer and manufacturer.

The Year 8, 9 and 10 girls, Dione Stanway, Elisabeth Jones, Aimee Mootoo, Erin Worth and Nicole Liver, formed their own company called TechGirls UK as part of their ICT course.

Then they travelled to the UK HQ of Cisco where they filmed a video pitch for an ‘app’ they had designed to benefit Morecambe’s community.

An app, short for application, is a digital programme mainly associated with a mobile phone.

The school has joined the Apps for Good scheme, where students can create an app for a good cause with the aim of having it developed and marketed professionally.

The girls visited Manchester University last week for an Apps for Good presentation and will fly out to California during the upcoming half-term holiday.

“We want to thank Cisco for all the amazing support they have given us – both financially and through the amazing mentorship of Heidi and Silvia Spiva in San Jose,” said Theresa Russell, ICT teacher.

“We could not have done any of this without them!”

You can see the TechGirls UK YouTube video HERE