Dublin students shine at Computer Science Week

by Gazette Reporter
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A national conference to mark Ireland’s first ever Computer Science Week took place last in Athlone. Organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers, with the support of the Department of Education.

The conference was attended by over 300 people including school principals, teachers, students, education partners, parents and anyone interested in finding out more about computer science.

Martin Moore, Bobby Fallon, Najib Khan, Amazinggrace Fadojutimi and Sandra Byrne Talbot SNS Clondalkin at the national conference Computer Science Week. Photo Andrew Downes

Speaking after the conference, Joe English from the Professional Development Service for Teachers said he was delighted with the proceedings of the inaugural conference.

“This event has really helped to shine a light on the creative aspect of computer science”, he said.

Hugo Burke, Yoan Perenovski, And Phoenix Rahill, Stratford College Dublin at the national conference Computer Science Week Photo:Andrew Downes

“Computer science is a subject suitable for all. The support from industry and the entire education and training sectors has been overwhelming. The conference will give computer science education in Ireland a real boost and hopefully schools will seize the opportunity to avail of the many supports available from both industry and the Professional Development Service for Teachers to give schools and students the opportunity to engage with this fantastic discipline from primary levels right up to Leaving Certificate Computer Science.”


Mahdi Abass, Lawerence Negrillo, Ahmad Serhan from Synge St. CBS Dublin at the national conference Computer Science Week Photo:Andrew Downes

The conference featured exhibitions from leading multinational software companies such as Amazon, Ericsson, IBM and Microsoft, project exhibits from primary and post-primary schools across the country as well as student workshops delivered by subject experts. 

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