Innovative Techathon at Dundrum College of Further Education

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Dundrum College of Further Education is hosting a unique Techathon on Thursday 24 November as part of College Awareness Week.

During the Techathon students will be able to engage with the latest technologies reshaping society as well as explore new technologies and their application in modern life. These include using virtual reality to visit Machu Picchu and board the Apollo craft to take a trip to the moon. In addition, students can experience robotic interaction, explore cybercrime and hacking, invent apps for smartphones, and enter the human brain with “In Mind”.

“We are delighted to open our doors for College Awareness Week 2016. The purpose of the Techathon event is to offer hands-on experience to students who may be thinking of a computing or IT related career, or those who are currently in transition year and are exploring college options. We have invited students from local schools, including St Tiernans and Colaiste Ide, and are looking forward to answering whatever questions they may have,” said Michael Foley, the College’s Deputy Principal.

The Techathon runs from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Dundrum College of Further Education campus on Kilmacud Road.

About College Awareness Week

Since its inception in 2014, College Awareness Week has inspired and informed students about the importance of post-secondary education. College Awareness Week highlights further education options for students, helping them to decide what best suits their abilities and interests. This includes PLC qualifications, apprenticeships and university degrees.

Last year, more than 700 events took place across Ireland. This year’s College Awareness Week includes over 1,000 events at schools, afterschool programmes, Colleges of Further and Higher education, training centres, libraries and businesses, amongst others.

The campaign encourages students of all ages, and social and economic backgrounds to consider their options and to become ‘college-ready’.

College Awareness Week is supported by:

  • The Higher Education Authority
  • The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals
  • SOLAS – the Further Education and Training Authority
  • IBEC
  • The Institute of Guidance Counsellors
  • The Trinity Access Programme

AIB and Perrigo sponsor college Awareness Week. For more information please visit www.collegeaware.ie

Anne Sexton

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