On the 13th of February 2017, students from The Cooper School and their mothers were invited by the Computer Science Department at Oxford University, to attend the ‘Inspire her event’.

Molly Hedges, Evica Jimmi and Daisy McLellan attended from The Cooper School. There were 16 girls from local Oxfordshire comprehensive schools and their Mums.


The Oxford event was only the second event of this type that has been run. The first was in Kenya, the next one will be in Sweden. It was organised by Bushra Alahmadi (a PHD student) with support from the Computer Science department and Google (who had a three people their supporting the event).


The day combined learning computer studies and maths in a fun filled way. The activities included learning how to program a Sphero (a small tennis ball shaped robot); programming the Sphero to do a dance; a tour of Somerville College and fun activities using Sphero to explore the relationships between speed distance and time. In the afternoon the girls from The Cooper School and their Mums worked together as ‘Team Cooper’ on the team challenge to get Sphero to go through a maze without hitting anything or going outside the designated area. ‘Team Cooper’ came joint second. At the end of the day all the girls were given a ‘swag bag’ (a google goodies bag, containing a notebook, pens, hair bands, post it notes and an Android shaped stress ball).

Daisy said, ‘It was an amazing experience that exceeded my expectations. The day flew by because it was so engaging’.  It was great to see the girls (and Mums) all having great fun whilst engaged in learning. It truly was an inspiring day.


Please see also the below link for the write up on the Oxford University Computer Science website.