AIT will host a virtual Code4Fun coding camp this week for transition year students. Using practical problems, participants will conceptualize, code and evaluate technology solutions to real-world problems.
Recreating the dynamic atmosphere of leading software companies, the camp will give 40 aspiring coders a flavour of the fun, creativity and innovation of Ireland's rapidly evolving software/ICT sector.
The participating students will work with staff from AIT's Department of Computer and Software Engineering to conceptualise, design and build programmable robot buggies, which can be controlled using mobile apps.
Participants will learn techniques to create code for computers, smart phones, robots and sensors, while gaining invaluable problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.
Ahead of the week's challenges, students were sent computer hardware components by post, including a pocket-sized computer known as a micro:bit, a move move motor, a racing map, and some additional goodies.
Among the schools participating are Tullamore College, Marist College, Our Ladies Bower, LWETB, Portlaoise CBS, Coláiste Mhuire (Ballygar), Roscommon CBS, Moate CS, and Roscommon Community College.
*Please note that photography is from Code4Fun 2019.
Athlone Institute of Technology is a research-led third-level institute with an applied, industry-focused offering, world-class research and development capabilities, and state-of-the-art facilities. Winner of The Sunday Times Institute of the Year 2020 and 2018, AIT is Ireland’s top-ranked institute of technology and is on track to open its doors as the country’s third technological university in September 2021. AIT tops Ireland’s official league table for research and was listed in U-Multirank’s Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research in 2018 and 2019. For information relating to the institute’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, visit www.ait.ie.