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Wednesday 21 February 2018

St. Vincent's win Google funding for EU Code Week

Transition Year students Lucy Thomas and Jessica Twibill get ready for European Code week
Transition Year students Lucy Thomas and Jessica Twibill get ready for European Code week

Olivia Ryan

St Vincent's Secondary School were thrilled to have been selected by Google out of thousands of applicants to receive a grant for European Code week.

Teacher Carmel Clyne explained the school were delighted with the award.

'All our 1st year and Transition Year students currently study coding in St Vincent's. First years learn the basics of programming with Scratch, how to solve coding tasks and challenges as well as how to make games,' said Carmel.

'Transition Year students learn the formal way to write code by learning HTML and CSS languages as well as an introduction to Python.'

As part of Europe Code Week St Vincent's Secondary School will be offering extra coding workshops to students in the school but also to many primary schools in the area.

Students from 4th, 5th and 6th class in local primary schools are being offered the opportunity to visit St Vincent's to take part in a workshop where they will learn the basics of scratch, coding with Sphero, Lego and Kajo robots.

In addition they are taught how to programme a BBC microbit and complete a mini physical computing project. Students then progress to making a variety of items such as a step counter, a fitness beep tester, a food temperature sensor, a dimmer switch or a compass.

Europe Code Week takes place from 7th - 22nd October and to register primary schools should fill in the Codathon survey on the school website www.stv.ie/survey/ or email lmccusker@stv.ie.

Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. More details on Europe Code Week are available at http://codeweek.eu.

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