Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:40:00 IST

The 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 Academy is an annual event run by DIT School of Computing. Interest in the week-long event has grown to such an extent that the numbers attending the academy doubled from their 2017 figures and in 2018 eighty studentsattended the week long event.

The function of the Computing Academy is quite simple in that it gives transition year students the opportunity to see what it would be like to study Computer Science. Throughout the week they spend four hours per day in computer laboratories; developing their own code to control robots, building electronics projects with Arduino, writing code and developing websites. Throughout the week they are guided by experienced lecturers as well as current undergraduate, masters and PhD students.

They also attended a host of lectures on broad-ranging topics that are studied at third level Computer Science programmes. This year lecture subjects were delivered by current School of Computing Lecturers and included topics such as Internet security; how data can be used to enhance our knowledge and improve our lives; how to bring creativity to Computer Science.

The Academy takes place over a four-day period between Monday morning and Thursday evening and is run each year by Jonathan McCarthy from the School of Computing. The academy welcomes applications from all transition year students. This year there has been an increase in applications from the greater Dublin area and the commuter belt counties including Kildare, Wicklow, Laois, Meath, Westmeath and Cavan. Speaking after the event Jonathan thanked everyone who helped out throughout the week and said:

 

“Each year the Computing Academy evolves to try help students get an experience of computer science subjects and coding. The calibre of our students attending the academy is growing each year and we hope the experience you gained in the academy this week will help you to decide if you would like to study computer science in the future.”


An annual event for the School of Computing the computing Academy has throughout the years inspired many second-level students to go on and take up Computer Science as a third level subject. It thus comes as no surprise that when they were asked a large contingent of this years students expressed a strong interest in continuing this trend.


 

DIT Computing June 2018. For More Information contact Jonathan McCarthy (jonathan.mccarthy@dit.ie)



 

 

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