TY students get to grips with mobile SySTEM

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Adam Donegan from Colaiste An Chraoibhin, Fermoy and Leah Pepper from St Vincents, Cork City at the CEIA sysTEM workshop

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19 September 2016 | 0

More than 100 Transition Year students from across Cork attended the first SySTEM app development workshop today. Organised by the CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network – the competition will run over a 12-week period and require teams of students to develop an app for a game based on Boolean logic where objects are given ‘true’ or ‘false’ values.

As part of the competition students attended their first workshop which focused on project management, app-development technology and marketing & sales.

“This is a brand new programme for us in the CEIA, and we are very excited by the level of interest in SySTEM from teachers and students across the region,” said Dr Eamon Connolly, electrical & electronic engineering promotion officer, CEIA.

“It is great to have all of the teams here today for the first workshop. This competition is very much focused on team work, teams of up to 8 students will have to work together to come up with a game concept but also assign roles such as a project manager, app developer, graphic designer, financial controller and sales & marketing.

“The key activity for teams is to have a clear idea and structure as to what they want to achieve with their game, it’s not necessarily about having a fully functioning App. It is about participating and engaging with IT and STEM subjects.”

Each team will also be assigned an industry mentor, who will provide each team with knowledge and support in the run up to the competition final, which takes place in CIT on 30 November 2016.

“This is the first year of the programme so we are absolutely thrilled by level of interest. Coding has never been so important and we think that SySTEM is a fantastic and innovative way of showcasing IT, STEM and engineering as exciting and interesting career option to the next generation,” said Valerie Cowman, Skills & Education Chair, CEIA.

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