West Cork scoops top prizes in National Coding Final

Posted on: 8th May, 2018

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Fayola Peters, Lero presents the award for the Best Social Project to Fiona Geary, Skibbereen CoderDojo, for her project Bip and Pins Clean Up Adventure.

West Cork took home two top prizes at the National Scratch Coding Competition. The competition was held in the Kemmy Business School, at the University of Limerick, last Wednesday April 25, as part of Tech Week 2018. The winners were selected from over 500 entries nationwide and judged to be the best in their respective categories.

Fiona Geary from Skibbereen Coder Dojo won in the Best Social Project category for her project ‘Bip and Pins Clean Up Adventure’ and Ethan Power from Ardfield National School, Clonakilty, took home the top prize in the Junior Infants to first class category with his entry ‘Star Wars Maze’.

Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art – and share their creations on the web. Scratch allows students to develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills, as they work collaboratively or individually on Scratch projects.

In operation since 2010, the National Scratch Competition has established itself among both teachers and students as a leading platform and showcase for Ireland’s aspiring digital creators. The competition is run by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society and supported by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre.

Tech Week provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology are shaping every area of life. The aim is to stimulate thinking around future opportunities for study and careers in technology, through learning in the wider areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Jim Friars, CEO, Irish Computer Society said, “I want to congratulate all of the students who participated in the final. All of the judges were impressed with the quality and effort that went into each entry. With the shortage of qualified IT professionals growing every day, we need to move decisively and quickly to inspire students to pursue education and career paths in technology that will help us meet the needs of our new digital economy. Fun competitions like this can help young people to understand more about what technology has to offer and gain confidence in their digital aptitude.”

Clare McInerney, Lero said, “Congratulations to everyone involved in the competition, the standard each year just gets better and better. This event is unlike any in the country and exposes students of all ages and levels to coding. It provides young students with a hands-on, real experience of what technology is and how important it is in our everyday lives.”

Tech Week is supported by SFI through their Discover programme. You can learn all about Tech Week 2017 by visiting www.techweek.ie,  facebook.com/techweekirl and following @TechWeekIRL on Twitter.

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