This year the School of Computing, in conjunction with CNGL, for the ninth year in a row, ran their groundbreaking ComputeTY programme for Transition Year students. The programme has run very successfully over the years, and has evolved and improved over time. The statistics are showing that this outreach programme also directly recruits new students into the Faculty of Engineering and Computing year on year, which is also a huge plus for DCU.
In the past, the course structure was divided into two streams, Stream 1 - web design and Stream 2 - an introduction to Java programming. However, this year a third stream App Inventor was introduced to teach students how to design and create their own mobile apps, which can be tested and run on any Android device. Technical advisor Gary Conway said ‘technically, we continue to evolve ComputeTY to keep the programme fresh and in touch with the interests of today’s youth. By introducing the AppInventor stream, it allows students to realise they have the technical ability and creativity to create something that’s not only fun but has the potential to develop into something bigger and more useful in the future’.