Over 80,000 students to take part in Tech Week 2015

Over 80,000 primary and post-primary students will be involved in Tech Week 2015, which is taking place from 26 April to 2 May.

Organised by the Irish Computer Society, the national festival of technology is supported by the SFI Discover programme and tech industry sponsors including Salesforce, Google, Lero and Púca.

Tech Week provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology are shaping every area of life. 

The aim is to stimulate thinking around future opportunities for study and careers in technology, through learning in the wider areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects.

Tom O’Sullivan, deputy CEO, Irish Computer Society, said:  “Last year’s first ever Tech Week was an outstanding national success with over 42,000 students, teachers and parents participating around Ireland, and we’re going to more than double that achievement for this year’s event.

“It’s a fun festival of technology with a serious ambition.  Ireland needs over 45,000 skilled new ICT professionals by 2018 to fuel the continuing growth of our economy.  The current generation of children and teens are ‘digital natives’ but instead of just using technology it’s important for them to understand that it can enable and enrich their lives through their own productivity and creativity.” 

During Tech Week, Dublin Castle will be the venue for super events and finals on 29 and 30 April including the F1 in Schools finals (pupils use CAD to design and race model F1 cars), National Young Tech Entrepreneur finals and Scratch Coding finals

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