St. Pius X College attends Hour of Code at NRC
The Magherafelt Campus of Northern Regional College offered the exciting initiative ‘Hour of Code’. Hour of Code is a worldwide event, introducing millions of new learners to computer science. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials which work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all. This global initiative involved more than 100 million learners in 196 countries participating in events.
The college organised an event using state of the art applications to inspire over 300 pupils from local schools across the Mid Ulster Area. Additionally, Computing students worked together with Level 3 Travel & Tourism students in order to run the tutorials on the day. These tutorials included TouchDevelop, Scratch, App Inventor and Lego Robots. Level 3 Computing students set up a temporary webpage and twitter account to promote the event.
Organiser of the event Kevin Meehan, Computing lecturer at Northern Regional College explains ‘It is important that students are engaged at a young age to develop their computational thinking skills. The Hour of Code event will help the students think about their educational future and inform them about what is possible through Computer Programming. This will help reduce the ongoing skills gap in Northern Ireland and equip the students to meet the future needs of the knowledge economy.’
Presentations and workshops from external organisations such as Allsate NI, Kainos Microsoft took place throughout the day adding value to visiting students and keeping them up to date with the latest software and trends. Students from St. Pius X College thoroughly enjoyed the event and successfully won many competitions on the day. Well done to all concerned.