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Tech Week 2017 survey shows that majority of Irish adults now believe an education in STEM can lead to better career opportunities

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Research carried out for Tech Week 2017 shows that the vast majority of Irish adults (89%) now believe that getting an education in STEM related subjects is important and can lead to better career opportunities in the future. Continue reading Tech Week 2017 survey shows that majority of Irish adults now believe an education in STEM can lead to better career opportunities

Congratulations to all Bebras National Finals 2017 winners

The 2017 Bebras National Finals took place on Saturday, 22nd April in the Eolas Building in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition through the year, as well as the Bebras participants on the day.

Bebras finals 2017 winners group

The winners for the competition have been announced, so without further ado here they are:

Category Winner 2017 – Castor (age 8-10) Photo
Vivienne Rush, Carrabane National School, Co. Galway

Category Winner 2017 – Benjamin (age 10-12) Photo
Coren Hughes, Scoil Eoin, Co. Kerry

Category Winner 2017 – Cadet (age 12-14) photo
Keane Gallagher Peyton, Ennistymon Vocational School, Co. Clare

Category Winner 2017 – Junior (age 14-16) Photo
Owen Eglington, Summerhill College, Co. Sligo

Category Winner 2017 – Senior (age 16-18) Photo
Rachel Coomey, Christ King Secondary School, Co. Cork

Overall Highest Score 2017 Photo
Owen Eglington, Summerhill College, Co. Sligo

Congratulations to everyone who won, and we are looking forward to seeing you compete next year. All photographs from April 22nd can be found here, showcasing our proud winners and their awards.

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Bebras National Finals – Information for participants

 

If your student/child has been invited and confirmed they will attend the National Finals of the Bebras Challenge 2017 please read on for details of the event.

 

Venue:                 Eolas Building, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Date:                     Saturday 22nd April 2017

Time:                    11am – 2pm (Bebras National Final Timetable)

Lunch: Lunch bags will be provided for all registered participants in the Challenge. If your students have any dietary requirements please let us know as soon as possible.

Parental Consent form – Please fill in the consent form for each student you have attending the National Finals.

 

Venue

The Bebras National finals will take place in the Eolas Building, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Parking on a Saturday is free on campus and we suggest you park in Carpark 4 as its closest to the building. (see “Eolas Building Parking map and walkway” ) See here directions to Maynooth University

Please let us know if your student is unable to compete.

Best of luck and we look forward to seeing you on the day, if you have any questions in the meantime please email bebras@techweek.ie

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Enter the Tech Week Snapchat Competition for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A!

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Do you fancy winning a Samsung Galaxy Tab A? Simply add techweekirl on Snapchat and snap us a picture of your favourite piece of technology to be entered into the draw.

Continue reading Enter the Tech Week Snapchat Competition for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A!

Bebras National Finals taking place April 22nd

 

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We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Bebras National Finals will take place on Saturday, April 22nd in the Eolas Building, NUI Maynooth, as part of the Bebras Computing Challenge. The Challenge is run in November each year around the world in over 30 countries. It introduces the concepts of computational thinking to students and lets students see the practical applications of modern computing.

The competition is divided into five age categories from 8-10 years to 16-18 years old, with over 100 students from each age category in attendance. The Finals are an island-wide event, with competitors from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Each participant in the competition will get 45 minutes to answer 16 multiple-choice questions that focus on computational and logical thinking. There will be award winners in each category as well as an award for the overall highest score.

For more information about the Bebras Computing Challenge, please visit the Bebras website. More activities being run during the Tech Week festival can be found here.

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Listen back to Mary Cleary’s Tech Week Interview with West Limerick 102FM

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You can now listen back to ICS Foundation Deputy CEO Mary Cleary’s Tech Week interview with West Limerick 102FM’s Monica Sheehy. Continue reading Listen back to Mary Cleary’s Tech Week Interview with West Limerick 102FM

Congratulations to the Scratch 2017 National Finalists!

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Congratulations to all 2017 Scratch Competition entrants and thank you for all your hard work and for your highly creative and entertaining Scratch project submissions.

We had a difficult job selecting 30 projects to proceed to the national finals, from over 545 entries all around the country. We have been through 2 rounds of judging from over 50 judges and the standard of Scratch projects created this year was very high. Continue reading Congratulations to the Scratch 2017 National Finalists!

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Digital Skills Programme Cliste now Free for Tech Week participants

The ICS Foundation are pleased to announce that Cliste, its digital skills programme for primary schools, will now be free for all Tech Week participants, with access to over 200 resources. To register for Cliste, please visit the Tech Week resources page.

What is Cliste?

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Cliste (Computer Literacy and Internet Skills Through Education) is a whole-school educational programme to improve the digital skills of students from infancy right up to 6th class. The programme integrates digital skills into existing school curriculae while educating children on how to use computers safely, responsibly and ethically.

Cliste teaches digital skills in a systematic way, moving from the basics of computing to applying your skills and finally guidance on being a digital citizen.

Objectives of the Programme

  • Enhance students’ learning experience using familiar devices in a pedagogical setting
  • Develop an interest in technology and explore the world around them through technology
  • Use computers and devices in a safe and effective way
  • Use applications to organise text, pictures, charts, multimedia
  • Learn the possibilities for communication, collaboration and creation of work through the Internet
  • Use digital resources to search for information, evaluate sources and present findings
  • Use programming applications to solve problems
  • Become responsible and digitally literate citizens

The programme spans four level from infants to fifth and sixth classes. All topics are dealt with in all classes, depending on their stage of development. Content is completely “off the shelf”, delivered online using lesson plans, e-learning guides, resources and assessments.

For more information about Cliste, please visit the web page. You can register for Tech Week here. We look forward to seeing you all at Tech Week 2017.

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Minister Halligan Launches Tech Week 2017!

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This year’s Tech Week is happening on 22nd -28th April 2017 with a variety of nationwide events!

The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today launched Tech Week 2017, Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public, which takes place all over Ireland this year from 22-28 April.

Organised by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society, and sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland, this exciting week of events will see more than 100,000 students take part in a range of fun activities, including the finals of several Tech Week events. Continue reading Minister Halligan Launches Tech Week 2017!

Tech Week Event: Feile na Bealtaine festival

The Tech Week team are happy to announce another event taking place in Dingle during our annual technology festival. This will be run as part of Feile na Bealtaine, a multidisciplinary arts festival, in the Dingle Innovation and Creativity Hub (run by Mol Teic).

The Tech Week sessions will take place on Friday, April 28th from 2-4pm in Mol Teic, Cuilin, Dingle.

Two speakers will share their experiences and their passion for what they do:

– Lisa O’Leary – “The Ever-Changing Story – using technology on the move”

In a technology-driven age, how do we maintain the human elements of our stories? What makes a story and how do we bring it to life? Continue reading Tech Week Event: Feile na Bealtaine festival

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