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Girl power at Computer Science Workshops 2016

30 May 2016

The CS-TY Team of the Year is... The Knights of the Square Table

This year, 125 Transition Year students took part in the Computer Science Transition Year (CS-TY) programme with Bridge21. The programme is run in conjunction with the School of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity College Dublin.

Activities at the workshops included building and programming Lego robots, animation and game design using Scratch, blogging and web design, sound recording and podcasting and multimedia work. The students worked in teams of four throughout the workshops.

An award was presented to The Knights of the Square Table at a special ceremony in the old dining hall in Trinity College. Catherine O’Connor from SCSS presented the team with their medals. They were chosen as the CS-TY team of the year due to their consistently excellent performance. This award reflects enthusiasm, hard work and a high quality of project work together with an ability to interact easily with others. All members of the team were considered a pleasure to work with and impressed the programme staff with their attitude throughout the workshop.

We were particularly delighted to see so many girls taking part in the programme this year. Over 60% of the places on CS-TY were taken by girls in 2016, a reversal of previous trends. It was clear to the programme team that there is no gender gap when it comes to talent or aptitude for Computer Science and we hope to see many of these boys and girls back in Trinity in two years.

Some of them won’t have to wait that long though. 20 students have been invited to take part in an advanced CS programme with Bridge21 this summer. Bridge21 Invent week includes robotics, home automation, the Internet of things and wearable technology. It should be an exciting and challenging week and a great chance for these students to further explore the world of computing.

Pictured Left to Right at the Award Ceremony: Grace Lawlor, Bridge21; Addam Reyes, Moyle Park College; Luke Derwin, Mount Temple Comprehensive; Chloe Cullen, Gaelcholaiste na Mara; Catherine O’Connor, SCSS; Anna O’Reilly, Donabate Community College and Kevin Sullivan, Bridge21.

If you are starting Transition Year in September 2016 and would like to participate in one of our workshops over the academic year 2016/17, then we would like to hear from you at:
Criteria for entry to the workshops: you are studying higher level Mathematics and you have an interest in the study of computer science or engineering at third level. Spaces are limited so apply early.