Recently, one of our Sixth Form students, Nathan, achieved national recognition by becoming one of 13 finalists from across the country (aged 16-19) in the ‘Data Science’ category of the Teen Tech Awards.
Nathan did brilliantly, achieving second place in his category, as well as receiving the ‘Skills Award in Communication’ for the best communication skills across the event. In addition, he was also invited to sit on the advisory board representing young people for the Teen Tech Awards.
For his award submission, Nathan created an ‘artificial neural network’ using the programming language Python. Nathan taught himself how to use an extension of Python called ‘Pandas’, commonly used by data scientists. He entered data from his sample which he gathered from fellow students, and provided an explanation of what his project was, and the findings gathered by his artificial neural network from the data set.
The awards, which were held at The Royal Institute of Engineering & Technology in London, gave Nathan a chance to present his project. He said: “They also provided an opportunity for me to meet other finalists, judges and STEM leaders from around the country.”
One thing Nathan noticed however was the lack of female entrants in the competition, and as a STEM prefect, this is something he hopes to influence and see change at Embley. He said: “The 16+ finalists of the award were all male. Going forward, I hope to get more females involved in STEM in the next academic year at Embley and inspire younger students with my story too.”