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    Any ideas for a year 11's work experience project?

    Hello folks

    Hope someone can help me out.

    A while ago we agreed to take on a year 11 for work experience in our IT group. He's on a GCSE computing course, has an interest in it, and says he particularly enjoyed a Python project he had to complete recently.

    Anyway, the work experience week is next week, and for reasons outside of our control the timing is awful. With work experience students we like to invest a bit of time with them (some come back to work for us in university holidays if they're any good!) but this time we're going to have to leave him to his own devices a little more than normal.

    I don't want to call it off, because that's shoddy, but on the other hand I don't want to waste his time either.

    I have no dealings with year 10/11 computing so I am not sure what he should be able to do, so what I am looking for is ideas for a project we can set on day one, and he can research and work on on his own with some input and steering from us. I want him to feel he's achieved something, not just stared at a wall when we've been running from crisis to crisis.

    Anyone got any ideas to share?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by theriver View Post
    I have no dealings with year 10/11 computing so I am not sure what he should be able to do, so what I am looking for is ideas for a project we can set on day one, and he can research and work on on his own with some input and steering from us. I want him to feel he's achieved something, not just stared at a wall when we've been running from crisis to crisis.
    Get him to implement a system for @quietriot1983

    Card entry type setup

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    Go and get garden snails and paint the shells in the livery of the F1 teams?

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    Intranet page. We had a G and T student do our current one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    Intranet page. We had a G and T student do our current one.
    You had a gin and tonic student? Amazing!

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    Maybe if he's got an interest in electronics get an arduino and a temp sensor with a network shield and get him to program it to send e-mail to you when the temp hits say 30 degree... server room monitor.

    It's a little bit electronical but alot of coding.... for a nube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Go and get garden snails and paint the shells in the livery of the F1 teams?
    Sadly, he's allergic to molluscs.

    NEXT!

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    As I understand it work experience is more about shadowing than actually working. They are supposed to see what it is like to be in a real work environment, but like the interns, if you make them do work they are supposed to be paid. It's a good idea to find a mini project, but he does actually need to see what you do as well.

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    They need to get the left handed screwdriver from $room, to fix the flux capacitor in $switch located in $cab.
    To reach it they will need to get the long stand from the caretaker...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    They need to get the left handed screwdriver from $room, to fix the flux capacitor in $switch located in $cab.
    To reach it they will need to get the long stand from the caretaker...
    You forgot to pickup those skyhooks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    You forgot to pickup those skyhooks!

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    and some sparks for the grinder, oh and can i have some more dial tone please (mines stuttered!)

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    And some glass hammers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    As I understand it work experience is more about shadowing than actually working. They are supposed to see what it is like to be in a real work environment, but like the interns, if you make them do work they are supposed to be paid. It's a good idea to find a mini project, but he does actually need to see what you do as well.
    Thank you for this, I've not heard it framed that way before.

    My approach to taking on students is driven partly by my own work experiences - the first of which was a week is a lab, where I spent the whole time just watching someone do experiments and hearing them talk about what they did which (despite my enjoyment of chemistry) was exceedingly dull, and my time with a law firm, which despite my lack of interest in their work was more pleasant as they got me to do actual stuff. I try to strike a balance, and assuming the students are useful and do actually help rather than cause problems (truanting during work experience? Really?) we give them a treat at the end.

    I hear what you're saying - I think (hope) we get the balance about right.

    My concern with this one is that for various reasons the people who normally would be shadowed will be unavailable for periods of time, and I don't want him just sat there wasting his time when we're unavailable.

    Thanks for your comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    You forgot to pickup those skyhooks!

    Steve
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    And the Tartan Paint
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    and some sparks for the grinder, oh and can i have some more dial tone please (mines stuttered!)
    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    And some glass hammers.
    You expect a Y11 to remember all this - most of the Y11's I knew couldn't remember their own name

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