Computing Academy: the next generation of computer scientists


The DIT School of Computing’s annual Computing Academy got underway last week as transition year Students from across the country were given a glimpse of what it would be like to study computer science at third level.

The main function of the Computing Academy is to give transition year students the opportunity to see what it would be like to study Computer Science in a real world scenario.  To this end, they spend four hours per day in computer laboratories; developing their own code to control robots, developing mobile and desk top applications and developing websites.  They are facilitated throughout the week by experienced lecturers and our current undergraduate students.

Later in the day, there were overview lectures on broad-ranging topics that are studied at third level Computer Science programmes. This year subjects were delivered by current DIT Lecturers and included topics such as how the Internet works; how data can be used to enhance our knowledge and improve our lives; how to bring creativity to Computer Science and how to build a computer.

The Academy takes place over a four-day period from Monday to Thursday evening and is run each year by the School of Computing’s Dr Jonathan McCarthy. Speaking after the event Dr McCarthy thanked everyone who helped out throughout the week and said:

“The students engaged well with the Academy and enjoyed the week.  Most of them felt that the experience changed their perspective on what Computer Science is all about and would like to study it in the future.”

The Computing Academy is an annual event here at DIT that has for many years inspired young students to go on and take up Computer Science as a third level subject and it comes as no surprise that throughout the week many of this years participants spoke of a future desire to continue this trend.  

DIT Computing June 2017

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