Digital Futures

Programme Category: Post Primary
Target Group: Years 8 - 11
Availability: September - December
Duration: 8- 10 weeks


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Sentinus is delighted to be working in partnership, once again, in 2016 with Digital DNA to deliver an exciting Digital Futures programme to schools in Northern Ireland.  Building on the very successful events of the previous three years, we will engage young people in hands on activities to help them understand how digital media and, in particular, computer programming now underpins business development and success both in Northern Ireland and internationally.

Last year’s winners were rewarded with a trip of a lifetime to San Francisco to visit some of the world’s leading companies in the technology sector, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Uber.  Check out Sam and Liam’s trip at the link below.

In September/October Sentinus will deliver a series of Digital Futures roadshows in schools throughout Northern Ireland, which will provide a platform for young people, 13 – 14 years old, to generate innovative business ideas and introduce them to the concept of using digital media to support the growth and development of their business. Over the next 6 – 8 weeks, working in teams of up to six, students will develop their business concept, create a company website, Twitter and Facebook pages and create a project display for exhibition at Digital Futures regional final at Belfast City Hall  on 6th December.

During the Digital Futures Celebration Day at the City Hall students will have the opportunity to hear presentations from high profile speakers from the digital sector, including Google and Facebook, take part in hands on workshops. speed network with a lot of inspirational ambassadors and compete for some top level prizes.  Winning teams will have the opportunity to take part in life changing trips to London and San Francisco where they will visit to internationally recognised companies and universities.

Below are some comments from previous participating teachers:

“Our pupils came home from Digital DNA inspired by the opportunities available and engaged to find a path towards their goals. Unlike many educational events Digital DNA offered direct engagement with employers and high profile company representatives.”

— Robert Johnston, Cookstown High School

“Digital DNA has been a big success with our pupils! Not only do they get to hear about the IT industry first hand but they are also able to engage with technologies that are in their infancy within schools.”

— Jennie Wharry Head of ICT and Computing, Bloomfield Collegiate School

 

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