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To mark the release of Johnny English Strikes Again last year, we developed a brand new Secret Agents resource to engage young people aged 8-12 with STEM subjects and issues surrounding online safety. We also ran a competition, asking young people to use their newly developed 'spy skills' to design a gadget that would help people protect their personal information online.
We received an impressive array of entries, but there could only be one winner...
Huge congratulations to Sommer, aged 9, from Newham in London, whose Gadget Spymaniac would be an invaluable tool for helping people stay safe online, with a button to instantly lock your accounts to private, and a traffic light system of bleeps and alerts to let you know if your online privacy is being compromised.
Sommer secured a VR (virtual reality) experience for her whole class, where they learned about the immersive world of VR filmmaking, gained hands-on experience of shooting and editing footage using 360-degree cameras, and got a chance to try out some Oculus VR Headsets. "I felt happy and excited when I won" said Sommer. "The best part was when we edited the films that we made."
Film as a stimulus can often engage children that would otherwise be sometimes disengaged… It's a way to hook the children into their learning.Lara Williams, Assistant Head and Subject Leader for English
Lara Williams, Assistant Head and Subject Leader for English, spoke to us about why the visit was so important. "Not all children learn in the same way, so having film as a stimulus can often engage children that would otherwise be sometimes disengaged… I feel like it's in line with the modern technology that we're using now. It's a way to hook the children into their learning."
"They've clearly enjoyed themselves very much. They've been really looking forward to this. And for most of them it's the first time they've experienced Virtual Reality, and I think it's something they'll remember for a very long time."
Encourage students aged 8-12 to learn STEM and online safety using spycraft and Johnny English Strikes Again as inspiration.
A selection of films to celebrate and investigate the spy genre in its many forms.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films15
Reporter Archie caught up with Rowan Atkinson and Ben Miller, stars of 'Johnny English Strikes Again', to find out how they spend their time online, and more.
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