Dagenham pupils go behind the scenes at Google’s Campus London

All Saints pupils at the Google Campus London event.

All Saints pupils at the Google Campus London event. - Credit: Archant

A group of lucky students have been given the unique chance of finding out what goes on behind the doors at Google.

Campus London is the company’s seven-storey technology hub that is home to 100 startup companies.

On Friday it held an open day to celebrate its first birthday.

Pupils at All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham were among the 150 13 to 15-year-olds who were invited along to learn more about computer science, entrepreneurship and future job opportunities.

During the two-hour session they met current startups, computer game creators, visual effects designers and Google staff, had a 30-minute app design workshop and learnt the basics of computer coding on the Raspberry Pi computer.

Barnaby Clark, CEO of Campus-based startup Planvine said: “When I was at school 15 years ago, I knew very little about startups and thought my only option was to go and work for a large established business.

“If I’d had something like Campus Open Day to take part in, I’m sure I’d have been hooked on the buzz of this place and motivated to learn more.”