Teachers and Youth Workers gather in Dublin for first ever event dedicated to introducing crucial Digital Creativity & STEM skills to young people

Robotics, Science, AI, Emerging Technology, Digital Creativity - deemed essential skills for career progression

by Gazette Reporter
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The Kinia Creative Educator Tech Fest took place in The Foundry at Google Dublin – focussed on future skills, diversity, equity and access to digital learning for children all across Ireland.

This utterly unique event – open to anyone in Ireland working with children and young people in an teaching or youth-worker role, in English or Irish – aims to ensure a collaborative learning approach to engaging young people in the new digital skills needed for career progression.

Niall Boyle of Kinia with Ian Lane St Patrick’s Boys NS Ringsend Picture Andres Poveda

The event saw over 200 attendees from all corners of the country, gather for a series of knowledge sharing talks from their peers how to introduce digital creativity, robotics, science, artificial intelligence, emerging technology and into every classroom and youth setting. 

Also on the agenda were inspirational STEAM (STEM & ART) workshops and demonstrations, and panel discussions ranging from AI in Education and Society, to Future Proofing our Communities for Sustainability with Creativity, and How to Build Inclusive Pathways to a range of technology careers.

Speaking at the event, Marianne Checkley, CEO of Kinia said “Kinia is an education focussed non-profit charity and social enterprise, ensuring that future focussed skills and learning opportunities are available for ALL children and young people. Our network of teachers and youth workers here today represent our belief that young people need creative and dynamic approaches to expand their learning opportunities. Educators in all youth settings work incredibly hard to make sure that no young person is left behind in an increasingly complex and digital future – we want to celebrate their learning give them the recognition they deserve”

Thérése Gamble Drumcondra Education Centre and Aine McCarthy, Further Education Picture Andres Poveda

Keynote speakers at the event included Dr Patricia Scanlon and Mark Little

Guests at today’s event took part in panel discussions on ‘Pathways to Careers’ and ‘Designing Innovative Communities’ and participated in the following workshops and demonstrations:

–       Augmented Reality – Inspiring Women Volograms with Linda Cardiff of TCD

–       Current Chemistry Investigators with SFI

–       Emerging Technologies with Irish Manufacturing Research

–       The Kinia Lab, SKRIware, SchooVR, & Robot Wars

–       3D Printing with Isabel Meza

–       School Virtual Reality experiences in primary & post primary classrooms

The event also saw the launch of the brand new Kinia Credentials Award – a celebration and recognition of prior learning (RPL) for educators in classrooms and youth settings across the country who have worked incredibly hard over the last number of years to accelerate their digital skills, knowledge and confidence in using technology for learning.

The Kinia Creative Educator Tech Fest event is proudly supported by Google, and further information on the event can be found on www.kinia.ie or Educator Event – Kinia

Featured Image: Eoghan Keegan,Colin Bannon, and Siobhan McAndrew all from the PDST pictured at the Kinia Creative Educator Tech Fest event

Picture Andres Poveda

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