Exploring Electronics UCC PDE Teacher Training @CIT

UCC PGDE Teachers @CIT

UCC PDE Teachers @CIT

30Nov16   In the 12th year of cooperation between UCC and the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the Cork Institute of Technology, 21 Professional Diploma in Education Student Teachers and Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) teachers, have received Certificates of Achievement after completing a 5-week introductory course to electronics.

With significant backing from the Electronics and Microelectronics industry locally and nationally and in particular from CEIA.ie, Cork’s Technology Network, the training programme is based on the ‘Exploring Electronics’ Transition Year Module developed at CIT and is aimed at de-mystifying electronics in the Second Level Class room.  It introduces the theory and practice of Electronics Circuit design using practical teaching aids and concise lessons.  The module includes links with the Junior and Certificate Science Curriculum and aims to provide a useful resource that will support teachers who want to introduce their students to electronics in a very practical way.

Valerie Cowman, Chairperson of the CEIA Skills Group said, “We are delighted to support this initiative and thank our member companies who sponsor this course. Teachers can have a great influence in the lives of their students and this Transition Year course will give students an appreciation of the role of electronics in everyday life. The course will also give teachers the tool kit to support a Transition Year electronics module”.

The course is made possible by the ongoing cooperation between Dr Declan Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Science Education at UCC, Dr Joe Connell and John Harrington of the Department of Electronic Engineering at CIT, Dr Eamon Connolly, CEIA and Second-Level Physics teachers Rosemarie Ferriter, Simon Hill and Sean Finn.

SySTEM App-development competition – Winners announced

30Nov16   Glanmire Community College announced as winners of the inaugral CEIA App-development competition.

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Teams of Transition Year students from schools across Cork presented their Apps to judges as part of the final of the CEIA’s App development programme – SySTEM. Based on the logic of George Boole, SySTEM required teams of students to develop an App for a game incorporating the true and false values of Boolean logic. Following careful deliberation, the CEIA – Cork’s technology network – today (Thursday) announced Glanmire Community College from as overall winner for their app ‘Are you codding me?’.

The App created by Glanmire Community College, ‘Are You Codding Me?’, is an educational reflex game that teaches the user about the dangers of overfishing in Ireland. The game has 5 different fish species that resemble endangered fish in Ireland. If the user catches an endangered fish, they receive a negative score – but if they catch a common fish they receive a positive score.

Colasite an Chraiobhin, Fermoy took home an award for best functionality for their App ‘SkyClimb’, while Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig Na Bhfear ‘PebbleBlast’ won best marketing plan. Students from St Brogans College in Bandon took home the award for best design for their App ‘Paddy’s Panic Run’.

CEIA provided training workshops for participating teachers and students over the course of the programme on Programming, Design, project management and presentation skills, as well as individual team mentors from companies including Johnson Controls, CIX, Horner APG, Cork Training Centre, CIT Boston Scientific and Tyndall National Institute. Each industry mentor provided their team with support and industry knowledge from the beginning of the App development programme, right up to the competition final.

“This is the first year of the programme so we are absolutely thrilled with the level of interest we have had from schools and teachers – but also from industry. We would like to sincerely thank our incredible industry mentors for devoting their time and energy to the programme over the past 12 weeks. We would also like to thank our judges – Brian English, Head of Software Development, Robiac Technologies; Michelle Donovan, Chief Operations Officer at Voxtake; Harry Moran, 17-year old tech entrepreneur and Dr Hugh Smiddy, Head of Business Development at Tyndall National Institute, for their time and dedication to the programme,” said Valerie Cowman, Skills and Education Chair of the CEIA.

“Coding has never been so important and we think that SySTEM is a fantastic and innovative way of showcasing IT, STEM and engineering as exciting and interesting career options to the next generation. Due to the phenomenal success of the programme, we hope to expand it even further next year to include even more schools,” she added.