Smart Futures is about introducing young people to the world of working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We want more students to learn about these exciting jobs and we need your help to do it!
We are inviting students across the country to create a project that investigates the life of someone working in STEM. It could be a short project on the life of an astronaut, a food scientist or a games developer! It could be a famous inventor or someone you know that works in STEM. You decide!
So, what do you have to do?
Simply choose the STEM career you want to research and pick the digital tools that you will use to present this information. You could make a webpage, an animation – even a slideshow or PowerPoint presentation. The competition is open to primary and secondary school students in Ireland and is will run until the end of August – so no excuses to be bored over the summer holidays!
Visit our terms and conditions page for all the details. You can also download a poster for your school from this page as well.
“But what’s in it for me?”
We have some great prizes on offer:
- Senior Cycle category (4th-6th year) - Win a Mircosoft Surface Tablet + a work experience opportunity with Microsoft
- Junior Cycle category (1st-3rd year) - Win a Microsoft Surface Tablet + a work experience opportunity with SAP
- Primary school category - A netbook + a science or technology speaker to come to your school
Need some inspiration to help you choose what STEM career to research? Check out our STEM Careers videos to see lots of different people talking about their jobs and what it’s like to work in science, technology and engineering.
The non-profit foundation Code.Org has released a video starring Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, NBA All-Star Chris Bosh and Twitter creator, Jack Dorsey, among many others to talk about why more schools need to make computer programming classes available to students.
Their mission? Spreading the word that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers.
Code.Org’s vision is that every student in every school in the US has the opportunity to learn how to code, and that computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra – something many Irish Coder Dojo volunteers and participants would like to also see happen here.
Currently in the US, 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer computer programming classes and less than 2.4% of college are graduating with computer science degrees, even though it is predicated that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million jobs in computing.
- 97,000 people are employed in ICT firms in Ireland ‐ 27,000 in ICT hardware segments and 70,000 in software and ICT services
- The indigenous software industry comprises more than 500 companies and employs over 10,000 people
- Internet communications (including cloud computing) is set to be one of the fastest growing sub‐markets (potential growth rate as high as 20% per annum over the next decade
- Information security has emerged as a key growth opportunity within the ICT sector
- Cloud Computing has the potential to create more than 8,000 jobs within the ICT sector by 2014 (Microsoft Ireland study)
- Employment in the Digital Games sector could double from 2,500 to 5,000 by end of 2014 (Forfás report)
CoderDojo NYC has been talking to Coder Dojo mentors from across the globe, about the idea of starting an initiative to get more women and girls involved in CoderDojo.
A Google Hangout has been arranged for 4pm GMT on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013. Interested parties can join the Google Group Mailing List. A link to the Google Hangout will be posted there as well as a link to the recording.
Topics that will be discussed will include how to attract more female mentors; identifying what teen girls like about CoderDojo and how can it be improved; and going beyond traditional tech gender stereotypes.
CoderDojo NYC has achieved a 50:50 gender ratio with both mentors and attendees and will share insights in to the success they’ve had with their first Girls Hack Day.
Young Mac app developer Harry Moran, a 1st year student from Coláiste An Naoimh Spioraid, Cork, talks to http://www.SmartFutures.ie about his BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition project ‘Robot Run’ that went on to win the Bank of Ireland Technology prize (Junior category).
It’s been an amazing year for James Whelton… surviving the Leaving Certificate in June and seeing Coder Dojo explode in popularity, whilst also growing his own company. Check out his TEDx talk given in Dublin in November, and find out why he thinks age is becoming less relevant.
Read more about James and Coder Dojo in Tommy Collison’s guest post.
A guest post by Tommy Collison
The launch of an app created by what’s now recognized as the world’s youngest Mac developer is only the latest triumph in a string of successes for the Coder Dojo. Harry Moran (12) released “PizzaBot” on the Mac App Store in late October, and it has since passed out major titles such as Call of Duty or Angry Birds to become to top paid app on the store.
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