Minister of State at the Department of Education John Halligan T.D. has announced that Waterford Institute of Technology will deliver five ICT camps for second level students this summer and early autumn, as a result of additional funding provided in Budget 2017.
Informed career choices
The camps, Minister Halligan said, will offer teenagers a great insight into higher education, stimulate their interest in ICT and help them make informed career choices:
“This funding is enabling WIT to run five ICT camps in the summer and autumn, in the areas of coding, animation, cybersecurity, computer forensics and the Internet of Things. The June summer camp was highly successful and WIT will be contacting schools in the region regarding the camps planned for autumn.”
Four camps for autumn
Minister Halligan said the WIT camps are hands-on, ensuring students gain experience in a variety of activities:
“WIT will host four camps in the autumn, each designed to help teenagers develop their computational and flexible and creative thinking skills. A Creative Computing Campwill cover 3D Modelling & Animation, Video Production, Game Development and Virtual Reality; a Data Science and Security Camp will include Build your own computer/What’s a Raspberry Pi and Internet of Things; a Computer Systems/IoT Camp will explore Coding and Web Development; while a Software/Mobile/Web Development Camp will cover Data Science, Computer Forensics and Security.
“It is hoped that WIT will involve industry partners such as Sun Life, Red Hat Mobile, Cartoon Saloon, Google and Immersive VR and that students from Waterford, Clonmel, Kilkenny and New Ross can avail of the programmes.”
Increase in ICT professionals
Across the country, 3,800 second level students – the largest ever number - will benefit from the Department of Education-funded ICT camps.
“Through the implementation of the ICT Skills Action Plan 2014-2018, we are seeking to increase the supply of ICT Professionals to meet the continuing increase in demand for people with these skills”, Minister Halligan added.
“Giving young people the opportunity to participate in these ICT camps is a great opportunity to give them an insight into higher education and introduce them to the types of things they could be studying. I’m delighted to see so many higher education institutions supporting this initiative and engaging with their students of the future.”
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