Biddenham students 'Google it"

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Computer science students from Biddenham Upper School had the rare opportunity to visit the world’s top, most-used Internet search engine. 

Eight students aged between 14 and 16 spent the day at the London HQ of Google Inc, the search engine that handles more than three billion searches each day and provides cloud services to thousands of organisations world-wide.

Biddenham is one of only a handful of schools in the country to be invited to go behind the scenes of this amazing organisation and see first hand how they work.

The students had a tour of the offices and worked with Google engineers who demonstrated some of their latest technology and gave them the opportunity to customise the Google home page to create a Biddenham search engine.  The visit gave the students a valuable insight of what it is like to work for such an organisation.

Mohamood Mohammed said:  “This was a truly mind blowing experience.  As computer science students the opportunity to visit Google and meet the teams was just fantastic.  The building itself is amazing, there is a full size London double decker bus on the third floor.  It has really made me want to study computer science at a higher level and work in this industry – maybe even one day for Google itself.”

Karl Rivers, the school's IT Network Manager arranged the visit.   “We can’t thank Google enough for giving us the chance to spend the day with them.  I know it really brought the subject to life for the students and we were all inspired and motivated by what we saw and experienced.  We were all buzzing at the end of the day.”