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STEM club impress high street retailer with their new-found coding skills

A group of bright sixth form students have managed to catch the attention of retailer John Lewis with their coding skills.

Dr Olly Morris, a STEM ambassador for STEMNET, a project ran by RTC North, and his Framwellgate School students Christopher Dooley, Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Kaliteevskaya and Daniel Halliday have spent the last year working on Olly’s innovative e-commerce idea, and have impressed the high street retailer enough to invite them to London for a look around their headquarters, and to pitch Olly’s innovation to their panel.

Olly’s STEM club developed a mock-up website and constructed a pitch in the hopes of John Lewis investing in their new digital offering. 

They believe it is a great offering for both customers and retailers and could revitalise the online shopping experience.

Christopher is studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and has always had a passion for science.

Katya has ambitions to study at Cambridge, and has just completed her A-level exams in a remarkable eight subjects, including Maths, Biology and Russian.

Daniel is studying Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics and is hoping to study Natural Sciences at University.

The three students had never studied coding before, but have become very capable coders, web developers and programmers in a little under a year.

Dr Olly, STEM ambassador for STEMNET with a PhD in Experimental Laser Physics, said “This is a terrific opportunity for the students to gain experience in the corporate environment, and to see digital technology strategy and entrepreneurship in action.

“They’re very bright, enthusiastic and confident students, who’ve developed technical skills, business awareness and understanding of a commercial environment in a very short space of time

“The students are excited to pitch to the IT leadership team of John Lewis. Particular thanks must go to Mr John Vary, Innovation Manager at John Lewis, for agreeing to host us and set up the event in London.”

The digital product in question is strictly top secret for now, but with the high street giant taking a keen interest in Olly’s innovation, we could be seeing it on our computer screens very soon. 

Sep 08, 2016

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