Closed: Virtual Mission to Mars with Software Cornwall
Software Cornwall, with the support of its members, runs two versions
of the ‘Mission to Mars’, work experience activity. One is a
week-long structured activity which is complemented by a two day
accelerated version. The programs invite budding software developers
aged 14 to 24 to code Ada and Alan, our Mars rover robots, allowing
them to traverse the tricky Martian terrain in search of
extraterrestrial life. This Virtual Work Experience is based on the week long version.
The Mission to Mars
work experience programme is designed to provide a realistic experience
of being a software developer. Working in teams, participants are
supported in completing a set of incrementally difficult tasks, each
built upon the abilities of the robot rovers. Industry professionals join
us throughout the week to coach participants, helping to develop
problem-solving skills and writing quality software.
During the mission,
- Develop solutions
using C++ Arduino based hardware.
- Work as part of a
- Create software
using an Agile development process.
- Utilise Git, Github,
Discord and Tinkercad to communicate and work together.
- Test solutions
before deploying onto the rovers.
A key objective of
Software Cornwall is to support young people into careers in software
engineering. Our members were delighted, but overwhelmed, by
requests for work experience. Due to the nature of the industry, it
is difficult to provide an engaging and hands-on work experience for
placement students meaning places are in short supply. To alleviate
this problem, companies have decided to collaborate and volunteer
their time and developers to help run a work experience week for
Mission to Mars is
an award winning education initiative and is part of Software
Cornwall’s education outreach program, designed to stimulate the
computing industry from the ground up.
In 2017, Cornwall
was ranked in the top three tech clusters for growth, for the third
year running but ranked poorly for computing subject uptake in
further education. To support future growth, we are investing in
learners from a young age, which is hoped to increase the pool of
homegrown talent for the wider tech industry within the county in
years to come.
For the virtual work experience students will need:
- Internet access at
- PC, Mac or Linux
computer (no tablets) with permissions to install software (school laptops may not have this).
- At least a working
microphone for conference calling.
- Parental permission
to install and create accounts.
Software Cornwall represents one of the fastest growing tech clusters in the UK. Software Cornwall connects, promotes, represents and supports Cornwall’s digital tech community. We aim to be the best way for you to plug in to our fast-growing community. We run work experiences three times a year based around the Mission to Mars, monthly Tech Jams allowing anyone access to computers to learn how to code and outreach to local schools in Cornwall with assemblies, workshops and careers fairs.
Skills/Experiences You Will Gain:
Using new software
Great For Students Who Are:
Able to learn quickly
Willing to learn
Keen to try new things
Interested in problem solving
Below are a number of questions which you will need to answer to apply for this opportunity.
Please be aware that the work experience starts with these questions. Think of these as your CV. What is your experience and knowledge of computer programming?
Tells us about your experience with team work and your communication skills.
Why do you want a place on this work experience?