Some 40 students and staff from Letterkenny IT (LYIT) had great fun last week working with 17 schools and 450 students from across Donegal to deliver an “Hour of Code”. Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Its objective is to get students excited and enthused about learning computer coding/programming. The students had a great time developing small application and computer games during their hour and it is hoped that, for many of them, this will be the beginning of a deeper and richer interest in computer coding/programming.
Ireland is entering a period of historic opportunity. With the economic fallout of Brexit, and the potential migration of tech companies to Ireland, we will need a continuous supply of Irish talent if we wish to lure in companies looking for a more stable home. Data scientists, software developers and computer scientists are the jobs of the future. Indeed the North-west has no shortage of such employment opportunities and LYIT has a number of computer science and programming where graduates get continually employed.
According to Computing lecturer Andrea Carlin “It’s been a great opportunity for our students to pass on their interest in computing programming to the next generation, it’s been lots of fun and we look forward to running it again next year.”
For more information about Hour of Code see www.hourofcode.com
Students from St. Mary’s National School, Stranorlar attending the Hour of Code event at LYIT