L-R – Dr. John McKenna and Gary Conway, School of Computing - Maxym Balashchuk, Ardgillan College, Michael O’Neill, St. Fintan’s School Sutton and Rico Duessmann Mount Temple Comprehensive, all winners of ComputeTY2 and Prema Bhuiyan, Bank of Ireland sponsor.
DCU School of Computing run a ComputeTY programme every year taking in approximately 380 TY students from North Dublin and South Meath to give them a taste of Undergraduate Computer Science. This year for the first year thanks to Bank of Ireland, the cream of ComputeTY were invited back to further their computing skills with the aim of preparing them for entry in the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) also hosted in DCU.
Bank of Ireland put up three mini iPads for the winners of a programming contest held at the end of the day. The results were:
Michael O’Neill, St. Fintan’s School Sutton
Rico Duessmann Mount Temple Comprehensive
Maxym Balashchuk, Ardgillan College
Although there were three winners, all the ComputeTY students should be commended for achievement of reaching the second day. These students consumed the first four to five weeks of our first year Python Undergraduate course in a week and a day!
Prof. Rory O’Connor, Head of School of Computing said “This year we were delighted to have the support of Bank of Ireland who joined forces with us to help support ComputeTY and ComputeTY2, bringing it to a new level through the innovation and transformation of the programming stream. With Bank of Ireland’s support, this year, students learned how to programme in Python the most popular programming language in the world, with a view to giving them a taste of our Computer Application Undergraduate degree here in DCU. Students learn to program with the help of the BBC micro:bit.”
The micro: bits are powerful handheld, fully programmable computers only 5cm wide designed by the BBC and makes a great introduction to the world of programmable components. Students connect the BBC micro: bit to their computer via USB or use an app for android devices.
For more information on ComputeTY and ComputeTY2 contact Christine Stears 7005237 or