DIT hosts fourth annual Computing Academy for Transition Year Students

As secondary school students across Ireland start their summer holidays, a group of 48 teenagers spent the first week of their holidays studying in DIT. The Transition Year students were short-listed from the hundreds who applied for a place on DIT’s annual Computing Academy.  The elite group of students came from 30 different schools across Leinster to spend a week in DIT immersed in the world of Computer Science.  As part of the activities during the week the students programmed robots, made mobile applications and designed web pages and games.  Many found that their attitude towards Computer Science changed as they learned and many of them expressed an interest in studying Computer Science after they have completed school.  Despite being in the middle of exam corrections, fifteen staff from the School of Computing in DIT gave their time to give workshops during the week.

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Patricia O"Bryne, a lecturer in the School of Computing and the organiser of the programme, said how delighted she was to see such keen participation in an era where the ICT sector is crying out for more graduates.  Forfas are predicting 45,000 vacancies in the ICT sector in Ireland by 2017 so any student entering a Computer Science degree this September will be highly sought when they graduate.  Opportunities exist beyond the ICT sector itself in all sectors from health, to education to banking.  Over 50% of those participating this year were female and the Annual Computing Academy is an important event and is part of the School’s ongoing campaign to encourage gender balance in Computing.

The Academy is funded by the HEA to encourage second level students to consider Computer Science as a career. 

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