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Tech Week app inspires STEM participation

The press launch of Tech Week 2016 took place in Dublin's Merrion Square on April 5th, with lots of opportunities for selfies with Bumblebee the Robot. Both the event and the app aim to inspire students to actively engage actively with STEM subjects...

Tech Week app inspires STEM participation

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More than 100,000 students across Ireland are expected to take part in Tech Week which runs from April 24th – 30th.

Tech Week Inspires

Organised by the Irish Computing Society (ICS), Tech Week 2016 is a fun festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public throughout Ireland. Its aim is to provide hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology are shaping every aspect of life from education to health, environment, social interaction, leisure and citizenship.

Supporters include Púca. Google, Salesforce, the Institute of Physics in Ireland, Dublin City University and Lero, the Irish software research centre.

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Sarah Guillement, Kacey Phillppe, Kiran Byrne and Nathan Kennedy pictured with Bumblebee the Robot at Merrion Square, Dublin for the launch of Tech Week 2016.

 

At the launch, ICS chief executive Jim Friars emphasised how important it is to do as much as possible to encourage young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

“We’ve tried to position this as a way in which students, their parents and society in general can understand more the role technology plays. The aim is to excite people and show there’s more to a career in computing than just sitting in front of PC”.

Tech Week App Engages Students

The Tech Week app was originally developed by Púca as a companion app for the 2015 event to encourage student engagement and add to the theme of STEM education and participation.

Tech Week 2016 app users can build up their Tech Week profile, enter the Tech Week quiz, check their points status and keep up-to-date with news. The app allows also users to can take part in further quizzes and enhanced content in their Activity Pack or at the events by using the built-in Activity Scanner. The app includes a fun “Tech Week selfie” feature so selfies can be shared socially to earn more stars and win prizes.

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“Following the success of the Tech Week loyalty app last year we’re delighted Púca are supporting us again this year with the updated version for 2016. It really shows how gamification can be used to educate and motivate young people both leading up to and at the events”. Mary Cleary (Deputy CEO of Tech Week). 

The app was awarded two Appys in November for Best Live Experience and Best Educational App and has been shortlisted for two Smart Marketing Awards at this month’s An Post Smart Marketing Awards.

Tech Week 2016 is in app stores now!

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