COMPUTING CAMP AT WIT

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COMPUTING CAMP AT WIT

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WIT is running a one day HEA-funded summer camp for TY and 5th year students on Tuesday, 30th October. The students will gain some experience with computing disciplines, such as building a machine, operating systems, coding and applications. All of the exercises will be under the expert guidance of an experienced team of lecturers.

No experience is necessary for the course. In fact, the ideal student will be someone who knows very little about computing but is curious to learn. 

Places are limited to students who are currently in TY or 5th year (sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2020 or 2021) and every effort will be made to ensure that there is a balance of student from both a schools and gender perspective.

Applications can be made online below, applicants will be notified on Friday 26th October by email as to whether they have been offered a place on the camp.

The deadline for applications is midday on Thursday, 25th October 2018.

Queries to Eleanor Reade, School of Science and Computing, Waterford Institute of Technology, [email protected] ph: 051 302037 

Build your own computer/What’s a Raspberry Pi

Students will configure their own Pi and explore some of the many uses that can be made of a Pi. A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized, single-board computer (which is a complete computer built on a single circuit board, with microprocessor(s), memory, input/output (I/O) and other features required of a functional computer) 

We’ll look at the components of a computer and how they work together: processor, hard drive, network, etc. We’ll also discover the relationship between software and the hardware. Then we’ll put it all together by building a fully functioning PC out of a Raspberry Pi, which is a €35 piece of hardware and free software.


Coding

We will use Scratch to teach the basics of programming.  At the end of the three hours, you will be able to write simple programs that do something when you click a mouse button, or press a key on the keyboard.  As computers are very good at repetition, we will also show you how to write programs that can repeat an action a certain number of times.


Trip to Netlabs (WIT Research Campus)

We hope to bring students out to WIT's research campus in Carrignaore for of the TSSG's data centre. Students will also explore a Raspberry Pi project.

A rough outline of the day’s activities are:

 

9:30am - 11am  Setup a Raspberry Pi computer and learn some Linux skills
11:30am - 1pm Coding
1pm - 2pm  Lunch
2pm-4pm

Trip to Netlabs, Carriganore Campus (subject to availability)

Raspberry Pi project



 

This camp takes place mainly on the Cork Road campus, between the Walton IT building and the FTG rooms. See the map below for location details.

Maths in the Casino

This camp will make us of games found in the casino to explore many of the key concepts in probability. Participants will play the games while gaining an insight into the strategy which applies in such a scenario while seeing applications elsewhere.


Roulette

 We use the game of Roulette to introduce many of the basic concepts of probability and develop the concept of expected value which will allow us to compare on game with another.


Dice Games

Games such as Chuck-a-Luck and Craps illustrate core concepts such as conditional probability in an intuitive fashion. The probability of an event occurring can change when additional information becomes available. This is at the heart of these games.


Card Games

Poker is used to introduce students to concepts such as Permutations and Combinations which are also key to our understanding of how lotteries work. Understanding the probabilities behind Blackjack will enable a player to exploit weaknesses in the rules to their advantage. 

Creative Computing Camp - this camp is now full

This camp will concentrate on a series of workshops which will emphasize the creative dimension to computing.

Image Editing

Students will be introduced to the image editing package Adobe Photoshop. During this session students will select and use basic correction and selection tools to modify images.


Web Design

During this session students will be introduced the HTML & CSS design where they will create a basic webpage, style it & include the modified images as completed from the previous session.


Video Production

The Video Production module will detail some of the basic means of capturing and editing footage.  Greenscreen techniques and image manipulation will be used in the editing of live footage captured during the session.


3D Modelling & Animation

3D Digital Animation is used in a wide range of industries today. From the obvious areas of Film, TV and Games to the more applied areas of Advertising and Architecture. We introduce students to the technologies used to both create 3D content and to then animate these assets.


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Data Science Camp

This camp will emphasise the role that data plays in large organisations.


Data Visualisation

Governments, Social Media giants such as Facebook and businesses such as Tesco rely on data to drive their activities.  Storing, securing and analyzing such data is a key concern for all of these enterprises. This interactive workshop will use public data to challenge many of your preconceived notions about the world and will deploy modern data visualization techniques to illustrate patterns stored in vast databases around the world.


Coding

We will use Scratch to teach the basics of programming.  At the end of the three hours, you will be able to write simple programs that do something when you click a mouse button, or press a key on the keyboard.  As computers are very good at repetition, we will also show you how to write programs that can repeat an action a certain number of times.


Build your own computer/What’s a Raspberry Pi

Students will configure their own Pi and explore some of the many uses that can be made of a Pi. A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized, single-board computer (which is a complete computer built on a single circuit board, with microprocessor(s), memory, input/output (I/O) and other features required of a functional computer) 

Build a Computer:

We’ll look at the components of a computer and how they work together: processor, hard drive, network, etc. We’ll also discover the relationship between software and the hardware. Then we’ll put it all together by building a fully functioning PC out of a Raspberry Pi, which is a €35 piece of hardware and free software.


Related WIT Programmes