Limerick pupils enjoy coderdojo tech camp led by experts

Jess Casey

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Limerick pupils enjoy coderdojo tech camp led by experts

Students enjoying the three-day CoderDojo training camp at LIT sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

MORE than 60 young students from schools across Limerick had their eyes opened to the possibilities of the tech sector as they attended a software coding training camp at the Limerick Institute of Technology. 

Lead by industry experts, the three-day Coderdojo workshop focused on providing students with practical training on the Internet of Things (IOT) software and technology.

Coderdojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology.

At Coderdojo workshops, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games.

Dojos are set up, run by and taught by volunteers and involve tours of technology companies, guest speakers and hosting events.

Supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, the aim of this workshop at LIT was to provide students with a fun learning environment to get an insight into what exactly IT, IOT and automation mean and how they relate to the industry. 

Johnson & Johnson, the world’s leading manufacturer of disposable contact lenses, is located in the National Technological Park in Plassey. 

More than 25 Vision Care volunteers took part in the three-day software coding camp, which centred on three main themes; Scratch and Wedo systems, Lego Mindstorm and RobotC and Siemens LOGO PLC and automation systems. 

Declan Fagan, Senior Engineering Manager with Vision Care Limerick said the camp was a massive success. 

“The results from the camp were fantastic. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from all the participants.” 

“We had full attendance across all three days and many students even looked for a fourth day of camp.”

“We were able to open students’ eyes to the possibilities in the technology and software sectors.”  

“I would like to thank all of the volunteers, coders, and logistics team, most of whom were doing something like this for the first time, for their part in making the camp a huge success.”

Plans are in place to run a Summer Camp this year and it is hoped that a similar camp will be held next year, with the capacity to cater for more students.