Year 6 spent the day at Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke to enhance their ICT skills and increase financial awareness.
The morning session, the Robotics session, was run by the Barclays Technology Team, in which the boys worked in pairs to program a robot. The small Mars Rover / Wall-E look-a-like was programmed from a laptop, using Arduino, to do all sort of things, including ballet dancing! The robots provided an excellent means to see how programs work with simple sequential steps.
We were fortunate to have a tour of the site which included a visit to Barclays Command Centre, a very hi-tech room which flashes and changes colours when there are any technology emergencies within Barclays.
The afternoon saw us being ‘Dragons’! The ‘Dragons Den’ workshop linked us live via webcams to Barclays offices in London, New York and Noida (India) to allow us to think about investment. Each team from across the globe made a pitch to us, and we had to decide which financial product to invest in.
Our final session with the Barclays Finance Team was a Money Management workshop in which we looked at our spending habits, and how to prioritise between our needs and wants. Our present habits and attitudes towards money will shape our futures.
The day ended with a fun money personality quiz. There were some interesting results!