Computer Science impacts all areas of life and will play an increasingly important role in many of the careers that our girls choose to follow. Computer Science has an emphasis on thinking skills, problem solving, logic, programming, an understanding of how things work and making them work for you.
All girls at Oxford High School study aspects of Computer Science in Years 7 to 9, and since 2015 it has been offered at GCSE. We cover a range of topics including web design (with HTML and CSS), programming in both graphical and text environments (Scratch and Python), the representation of data in binary form and physical computing using Arduinos. Beyond the specifics of learning a particular programming language, girls are encouraged in their thinking and problem solving skills, to experiment and make mistakes and ultimately to gain a sense of satisfaction when they successfully program a solution.
Whilst many schools struggle to encourage girls to take Computer Science as a GCSE option, we are pleased but unsurprised that more than a fifth of the year group here at OHS has chosen the subject in its first year of being offered. From September 2017 we will also run A Level Computer Science.
Alongside taught courses there is the opportunity for girls to become involved in Pi Club. Through the use of Raspberry Pi’s girls begin to learn their way around Linux, program Minecraft using Python as well as being free to follow any particular path they are interested in.