Four Offaly schools to take part in Tech Week 2015

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Four schools from Offaly will take part in Tech Week 2015. Tech Week is Ireland’s festival of technology aimed at students, parents, and the public.

Four schools from Offaly will take part in Tech Week 2015. Tech Week is Ireland’s festival of technology aimed at students, parents, and the public.

It takes place from 26th April – 2nd May 2015, supported by the SFI Discover programme and tech industry sponsors including Salesforce, Google, Lero and Púca

Organised by the Irish Computer Society, Tech Week 2015 will involve over 80,000 primary and post-primary pupils all over Ireland in a huge range of fun activities including the finals of tech events that have been running throughout the past year.

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.

You can learn all about Tech Week 2015 by downloading the Tech Week App through Google Play and the iOS App store, visiting www.techweek.ie, facebook.com/techweekirl and following @TechWeekIRL.

Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications of Science Foundation Ireland said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to continue our support of Tech Week, now in its second year. Technology is rapidly changing and shaping society. Tech Week helps to highlight how technology contributes to peoples’ lives, and the breadth of opportunities and careers available in this sector to young people.”

Tom O’Sullivan, Deputy CEO, Irish Computer Society said, “We are delighted that so many students from Co Offaly will be taking part in Tech Week. We hope that they learn a lot during the week, and gain confidence in their ability to make technology a part of their future.”

“Tech Week is a fun festival of technology with a serious ambition. Ireland needs over 45,000 skilled new ICT professionals by 2018 to fuel the continuing growth of our economy. The current generation of children and teens are ‘digital natives’ but instead of just using technology it’s important for them to understand that it can enable and enrich their lives through their own productivity and creativity. We want young people and parents to understand the opportunity that exists and to figure out if technology is for them at an early stage. They can then choose the right subjects and make college decisions on an informed basis around all that technology has to offer.”

Tech Week 2015 aims to encourage female students in particular to explore technology. Currently less than 20% of computing students are female which is truly surprising as the tech sector is full of equal opportunities. Tech Week 2015 has created a series of videos of technology industry participants which can be accessed through www.techweek.ie

During Tech Week, Dublin Castle will be the venue for super events and finals on 29th and 30th April including the F1 in Schools finals (pupils use CAD to design and race model F1 cars), National Young Tech Entrepreneur finals, Scratch Coding Finals and a myriad of gadgets, gizmos, talks and technology. Activity packs are available to order at www.techweek.ie/app/register and include suggestions for interactive classroom activities and promotional materials such as the Tech Week Window, Activity Booklet and Tech Week poster.

The fun and engaging Tech Week app will be available to download during the week from Google Play and the iOS App Store.