Review of Computing Education Events at NUI Galway in 2013

 

The annual Computing Summer Camp ran for two weeks in the Information Technology discipline at NUI Galway, from Monday 10 June to Friday 21 June. This was the fourth year that it has been run, and it attracted bigger numbers than ever, with 100 students participating over the 2 week period. Students ranged in age from 13 to 17. They came from secondary schools across Galway City and County, as well as from Dublin, Clare, Mayo, Roscommon, Westmeath and Sligo.

Throughout the camp students participated in a number of activities including writing computer games in Scratch, creating web apps with HTML5 and JavaScript, building and programming autonomous robots, and making 3D computer models. On each Friday, a competition was held where students work on solo or group projects using their favourite technologies from the week, and prizes were awarded for the best ones. 

This year, the Discipline of Information Technology also ran a Computer Science & Information Technology Experience Day for the first time on Monday 24 June, organised by Dr Enda Howley and Dr Conor Hayes. Its goal is to provide senior-cycle students with a taste of university life, and featured lectures, demonstrations of research projects and hands-on software development activities.

Dr Michael Madden, Head of the Information Technology Discipline at NUI Galway, said: “With our Summer Camp and Experience Day, as well as introducing second-level students to exciting technologies, we wanted to help dispel some incorrect stereotypes about degrees and careers in computer science and information technology, such as that they are male-only, solitary, and desk-bound. To that end, we particularly welcomed female participants, we arranged group projects, and we encouraged outdoor activities during break times.”

The huge interest in this year’s Computing Summer Camp is mirrored by the increasing number of applications for computing degree programmes such as the BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology at NUI Galway, as well as the rapid growth of CoderDojo nationally and internationally.

For more information email Tina Earls tina.earls@nuigalway.ie

 

Week One

 

Week Two