ITT's science camp kids showcase their skills

Aaoin McGowan, Sean Barry, Sean Thibeaud and Timmy McElligott at the ITT STEAM summer camp
Aaoin McGowan, Sean Barry, Sean Thibeaud and Timmy McElligott at the ITT STEAM summer camp
Testing their Lego device at the ITT summer camp showcase last week. David Lucid, Caoilinn Kenny O’Sullivan, Sophie McGowan and Sean O’Brien. Photo: Joe Hanley

Simon Brouder

Children and teens who took part in two science and technology related summer camps at IT Tralee showed off the fruits of their week's work at a special showcase at the college on Friday.

The exhibition involved the work of young people from 10 to 16 who spent the previous week taking part in the camps which involved activities ranging from coding and programming to piloting drones and designing intricate Lego devices and mechanisms

The first camp 'Goalmine' saw participants using learning tools like Lego's 'Serious Play' and 'Design Thinking' sets design a device in a bid to win back the camp registration fee of €50.

The other camp 'STEAMing Ahead' was a five-day learning camp for beginners interested in exploring the world of coding, robotics and animation and investigating areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

The participants worked individually and in teams on tasks including manipulating robots and drones around obstacle courses, developing games and creating animations.

Both of these camps are funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

The young boffins certainly seemed to enjoy the camps and judging by the dazzling array of complex machines and devices on show they definitely learned a lot of new skills.

Kerryman

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