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17th November 2017

A very exciting event took place at Melland high school this week, Mr Hughes and Mr Morgan took 7 students from 4D to take part in the early stages of BBC News School Report. For the introduction of the project they were invited to the BBC HQ in Media City. They were given their official BBC passes and taken to meet the Breakfast show presenters Dan Walker and Louise Minchin for an inspirational speech and Q & A session.

This was followed by a day packed with exciting and innovative workshops run by pioneers of the digital industry. The first session had a focus on Artificial Intelligence where students explored how technology was becoming increasingly more intelligent and how in the future it could potentially be running our everyday lives.

Session 2 was Virtual Reality where with the help of a headset the students were transported to a virtual world where they were being chased by dinosaurs, floating in space and riding in the world’s fastest car. This was clearly the highlight as Shakira jumped out of her seat as the T-Rex came running towards her and Aaron was keen to be the first person to dab in virtual space. Shakira said “this is one of the coolest things that I have ever tried, it felt so real’. Aaron added; “it would be amazing if we had this in our lessons at school”.

In session 3 the students had the opportunity to put their journalistic skills to the test using iPads to film and edit a short news article focussing on how reliable we have become on technology.

All students were filled with inspiration and were not only excited by seeing all the technology and famous people they had met, but also by the fantastic buildings and the job prospects. A huge thank you the BBC News School report and to read more check out the Melland High School Twitter feed #DigitalManchester #DigitalCities