BT Young Scientist 2014

CoderDojo recently attended the 50th BT Young Scientist event in the RDS. The BT Young Scientist event attracts young people from schools across the country. This year was the 50th anniversary of the event. Once the doors opened students and young scientists visited us, some more than twice! Students were eager to learn more about coding and those that didn’t already attend a Dojo in their area were asking about where their local CoderDojo was.

On Saturday we sent out a call to all CoderDojo attendees to come to the booth for a group photo!

This was an important event for us here at CoderDojo giving us the opportunity to support our community of Dojo students. The CoderDojo booth had games and programs made by Dojo students that young people could demo to show them that learning to code is not only cool, but can give them the ability to eventually create their own apps and games! As the buzz of the event built the booth soon became the videogame arcade of BTYSTE 2014, and as with every arcade competition set in!

 

This is Not a Game

 

A recent mandate of the US Government was to challenge game developers to create more educational and informative games. In association with Griffith College, CoderDojo, The Marine Institute and created a competition called ‘This is Not a Game’. Challenging young people to create games raising awareness from the environmental impact on ocean life.

 

US Embassy  Chargés d'affaires Mr. Stuart Dwyer at the CoderDojo booth.

 

It was inspiring to see all the innovative projects that current and past CoderDojo students developed this years event. Dojo students traveled from every corner of Ireland! There were so many with projects in the Technology section that we only got around to a handful of them!  

Dojo Students at BTYSTE 2014

This is Athene with her app to ID Irish wildflowers using the Java skills she learnt from her Dojo in Limerick! You will be able to ID any Irish wildflowers once analysed and compared to the database she has built.

 

 

This CoderDojo students Rory and Daniel with their creation Entologic, which automatically explains programming code in the users native language! Want to read Java in Japanese? You got it!  

 

 

 

 

This years grand prise winner of the BT Young Scientist was Paul Clarke. Paul won top prize for his project “Contributions to cyclic graph theory”. Paul was presented with the award from by Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills and Colm O’Neill CEO of BT Ireland.

 

 

 

 

We would like to congratulate to all the young coders and scientist that took part in the BTYSTE event is year! You’re all winners we hope to see you at the BT Young Scientist 2015!

 

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