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Computing Academy at DIT: the next generation of computer scientists

Posted: 2 June, 2015

Transition year students from across the country attended the annual DIT Computing Academy where they had an opportunity to find out what it would be like to study computer science at third level.

Run by the School of Computing, the students spent four hours each 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 by current undergraduate students.

As well as the hands-on sessions in laboratories, they also attended lectures given by DIT lecturers on topics that are part of a third level Computer Science degree programme.  Examples of lecture topics included how the Internet works; how data can be used to enhance 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 Patricia O’Byrne. Speaking after the event Patricia O’Byrne 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.”

For many years, attendance at the annual Computing Academy at DIT has inspired young students to choose Computer Science as a third level subject.  Based on the enthusiasm of this year’s participants, it looks like many of them will be among the next generation of computer scientists!