Lowena Hull is in Year 12 at Portsmouth High Sixth Form, and talks about her interest in computing and technology which has opened up some incredible opportunities…
This summer I completed my GCSEs at Portsmouth High School, and have now joined the Sixth Form, where I am taking A levels in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
I have a special interest in computing and technology, and the school has been amazingly supportive in developing opportunities outside the classroom. In May, I spoke at the Cog X Artificial Intelligence Conference in London, on the impact of AI on the future of work. After this, I won a sponsored place at King’s College, London, studying robotics and engineering and then gained a place on the GCHQ Cyber First Futures programme at Imperial College where I learned all about cybersecurity.
After entering a competition over the summer, sponsored by the BBC and Mastercard, in which teenagers worked in groups to develop AI products, my team was flown to San Francisco during October, where we pitched to developers at Brighterion. Another highlight was being invited to speak at the World AI conference in Amsterdam as part of ‘Inspiring Juniors’, a collection of 10 girls in the UK selected to serve as role models to encourage more girls into technology.
I was encouraged to apply for an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship by the Head of Careers at the school. The scholarship sponsors top students in the UK to develop their skills in engineering. Following selection, I am pleased to be sponsored by Stannah Lifts in Andover.
I couldn’t have done all these exciting things without the support and encouragement from Portsmouth High School. Being able to extend yourself beyond the curriculum is vital in technology. Opportunities and a huge range of co-curricular activities on offer make Portsmouth High School such an amazing place to learn.