UCD Computer Science Summer School 5 June 2015
Posted: 27 July 2017
75 fifth year secondary school students from 66 schools nationwide took part in a one day UCD Computer Science Summer School programme on 5 June 2015. The event was opened by the Head of the UCD School of Computer Science & Informatics, Professor Padraig Cunningham.
The events took place in the state-of-the-art active learning laboratory. Students participated in a number of hands-on activities, including programming. The programming session was led by PhD student, Mr Alex Cronin and was conducted using the MIT program SCRATCH, a tool developed by MIT which teaches the basics of programming. Scratch is downloadable from http://scratch.mit.edu/
As well as being able to experience programming, the students got a taste of working in the active learning laboratory in the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics.
This session was followed by a talk by current PhD student Maryanne Doyle. Maryanne has finished her BSc Computer Science degree in 2014 and gave the students an insight into life as a Computer Science undergraduate. The students got a student's perspective on what they could potentially study and as well as the all important extra-curriciular activities available in UCD.
The morning sessions were wrapped up with a talk by Dr Neil Hurley about the "Maths of Googling, YouTube & Social Networking". The students had the opportunity to learn about the mathematics behind the technology they use on a daily basis.
The UCD Computer Science Summer School was organised by the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics with the Science Student Recruitment Committe and Student Recruitment. Sincere thanks to all the staff and students involved.