Young Irish programmers showcase talent at Scratch finals
Lero competition held as part of global event
TechLife | 21 May 2012 :
Ninteen finalists from primary and secondary schools across the country attended the Irish Scratch Competition at the weekend. The annual competition, run by Lero (the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre), sponsored by the Irish Computer Society and hosted in IT Tallaght gives students the chance to learn computer programming in a fun and interactive way.
The finals were held on Scratch Day, a worldwide network of gatherings, when people come together to meet other Scratch programmers, share projects and experiences, and learn more about Scratch. The 19 finalists demonstrated their Scratch projects to judges and the general public.
Second year students Eleana Skelly and Kate Campbell from Alexandra College, Dublin, were declared overall winners for their project Learn Spanish, an interactive tutorial for improving Spanish.
Returning winner Abdullah Mohammed from Carrigaline Community School, Cork, was declared winner in the Senior Games category for his multi-level maths tutorial game.
Ruairi McMahon from Parteen National School Co Clare won the primary school category with his project, Tadpole. The Outside School project winners were South Galway Education Centre Computer Club from Gort, with their project Bottle Breaker.
Clare McInerney, Education and Outreach Officer with Lero, said: "It was wonderful to see students from around the country coming together to participate in the national finals and to celebrate International Scratch Day. It is a great opportunity for students to meet and show off their code to other Scratchers."
Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society, said: "The ICS is proud to sponsor the Scratch project. We believe students don't appreciate how interesting and creative a career in computing can be, because they are not getting the chance to experience it. The Scratch project empowers students to make more informed college and career choices."