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A group of Year 9 Computing students had a "mind-blowing" day at Plymouth University which included trying out new virtual reality technology and a solar system tour.

 "We were one of about 10 schools from across Devon and Cornwall invited to spend the day at the university," explained Computing teacher Mrs Buckingham, who accompanied the group on the trip on 18 May 2016.

The day consisted of four different sessions.

The first was about Web Development and the university arranged for a successful web developer to be part of the session, explaining to the students how he got into the business and what his work involves.

He then set them a planning task for a website he was currently working on.

"This really helped the students to see the relevance of planning at the start of a project which is what they have to do on their computing courses in school," said Mrs Buckingham.

"Next we attended a session where students got to see the Plymouth University Student Showcase.

"This is where final year students show off their final project, people from the industry often attend these events to see what students have done and students can get offered jobs purely on this showcase.

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"The students found this interesting and were particularly impressed by the room showcasing games projects!"

Then the group got to experience the University’s Immersion Vision Theatre.

 "They found this particularly interesting and fun - they got to experience many different ways the Immersion Theatre is used and particularly enjoyed the solar system tour which was mind-blowing!

"After lunch we got to participate in the final session which was about future technologies.

"In this session students and staff got to try out the new HTC Vive which is virtual reality technology which is due to come on sale this year.

"The Evans twins were particularly excited about this and had been looking forward to the session all day!

"Many students and Mr Sheldon had a turn on a space game which they were all very impressed with, is this the future of gaming?

"Mr Sheldon got a round of applause from the whole room when he achieved the highest score!"

Mrs Buckingham said the students "really enjoyed" their day.

"They got a chance to experience a little taste of university life as well and it really helped them to think about future careers in the computing industry and how relevant the work they do in school is to help them achieve this," she said.

"Our students were brilliant and did our school proud."

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