TY students compete in SciFest@Schools with coding projects

SciFest@Schools - Technology section. Winning groups 2017! Photo: Ms O'Kelly
NEWS / 20 December 2017

On Tuesday, 19th December the TY students presented their coding projects for inspection to two external judges as part of the SciFest@Schools competition (Intermediate Technology category). In groups of 2 or 3, students had to present both their coding projects as well as explain the design process. Some of the winning groups will represent Stratford in the SciFest@College competition next May in IT Blanchardstown.

The TY students have been working hard on their coding projects during Computer Studies classes since September, in preparation for the SciFest@Schools competition held on Tuesday, 19th December. In groups of 2 and 3, all students were required to come up with an idea for a coding project using Scratch and/or Makey Makey or App Inventor. Students were also required to document their design process in their online project log, as well as create a large poster explaining the design process.

On the day of the competition two judges came to Stratford - Dr Brian Gillespie, Computer Science Lecturer in DIT Kevin Street and Mr. Rory Geoghegan, from SciFest. They spent a considerable amount of time talking to all the teams and after some deliberation decided on the following worthy winners who had put in a lot of work over the past few months.

Joint 1st Place: Jack and Rory. Emma, Adam and Oonagh.
2nd Place: Melanija, Greg and Sophie
3rd Place: Nisha, Juliet and Aidan

Winners tweeted on SciFest!

Well done to everyone who participated and who put in a lot of thinking. Thanks to Brian Gillespie and Rory Geoghegan for judging and to Sheila Porter for co-ordinating.  Some of the winning groups will represent Stratford in the SciFest@College competition next May in IT Blanchardstown.

Ms O'Kelly

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