On Tuesday 6th July, John Chilton School pupils were visited by Dilani Selvanathan. She has recently won a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) award for her contribution to STEM.
Inspirational STEM Technician: Dilani Selvanathan (BBC)
‘Dilani is a software engineering apprentice who has been remarkably active in her volunteering, even during 2020, judging several robotics competitions and running Scratch coding challenges.’
Dilani kindly donated her £250 prize money to our school to be spent on science and technology resources.
She spoke to pupils about her studies; her career in computer engineering – including her apprenticeship at the BBC and her recent projects with her current employer: Herotech8, with whom Dilani is helping to program drones to deliver medical samples remotely.
She then carried out an activity that helped pupils to understand the importance of accurate communication when programming and coding as well as significance for working with other people.
Dilani is an inspirational STEM ambassador and shared some valuable advice for our pupils about securing their ‘dream job’. We look forward to doing some more work with Dilani in the future.