CoderDojo’s ‘Coolest Projects’ is an event taking place in the RDS next Saturday, 26th May from 10am. Over 1,000 children aged from 7 to 17 from around Ireland and 14 different countries including Argentina, Bulgaria, Spain, Japan and more will be at the event to showcase the tech projects they have developed at their local CoderDojo as well as other coding initiatives and to attend an awards ceremony which awards the best projects across a arrange of categories.

Some of the projects being showcased this year include a face recognition door entry system for the elderly, where regular visitors can register their face so that if they visit, the elderly person will be informed as to who is at the door; a health tech app that enables people with special needs or speech challenges to communicate easily with family and friends using pictures and text to speech features; an adventure game teaching farm safety; and an experiment to determine if the working environment in space is comfortable to live in, with pressure, temperature and humidity being examined. It is currently being tested on the International Space Station with findings being reported at Coolest Projects.

Co-creator of the Raspberry Pi computer, Pete Lomas, will be the keynote speaker at Coolest Projects International 2018 and in his talk he will share how he went from school misfit to joint recipient of the UK’s most prestigious prize for engineering innovation, the MacRobert Award.

The event seeks to inspire educators, engage parents and celebrate creativity through panel discussions, hands on activities, demonstrations and workshops. Lively panels with leading edtech and industry experts will debate the role of technology in education, and how we can empower girls in the sector. Examples of activities young and old can participate in on the day include STEM escape rooms, flying drones, testing out VR headsets, creating wearable technology pieces and a giant circuit board puzzle!

The aim of the event is to celebrate the children’s creativity and innovation and to inspire and encourage both children and adults alike to either get involved in their local coding clubs or to establish their own.

Full details of the event can be found here: http://coolestprojects.org/


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