Ten years ago who would have realised a practicum project as part of the celebrated M.Sc. in Electronic Commerce in DCU would have grown to become one of the most successful outreach programmes in Ireland. Throughout Ireland, there is a real need to introduce ICT skills to students at an early age and there is a particular shortage of women in this sector. To date, DCU’s School of Computing has taken in over 4,000 transition year students introducing them to computer programming and encouraging them to study computer science at third level. It is also encouraging to see that, over the last 3 years, over 40% of the total intake of these students are female.