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St. Angela's Only Irish winner of Google RISE Award

St. Angela's Only Irish winner of Google RISE Award

Following an announcement from the Google headquarters in the United States last week, St Angela’s College, Sligo is one of thirty international award winners of the Google RISE Award for the Robotics and Mobile Phone Application Camp for children aged 9-15 years.

Dr Anne Taheny, President of St Angela’s College, Sligo explains the significance of the award, “The Google RISE award recognises the College’s commitment to outreach initiatives for the wider community, promoting learning in science and technology.” She acknowledged the work of the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) and ICT Department for designing the unique summer camp programme and applying for the prestigious international award.

“The Robotics and Mobile Phone Application Camp for children aged 9-15 years focuses on the practical side of technology,” explains Dr Niamh Plunkett, Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning, “Students use real phones, real robot kits and real game controllers to develop their own apps, control robots and create their own gaming experiences.” The funding from Google RISE helps offset the costs of the camp, including to buy equipment for the camp, train additional facilitators, offer scholarship places and camp prizes.
The Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) award recognises initiatives that promote areas of science, engineering and computer science for children from the preschool through secondary school age range. The St Angela’s College, Sligo application was first selected by Google Ireland to be considered for the international award, with other awards from eighteen countries around the world. “In addition to receiving funding and support to continue their outreach, RISE Award recipients will be brought together for a global summit this June in London,” says a representative from Google.
Since 2011, over 260 children and teenagers have participated in a variety of summer programmes offered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at St Angela’s College, Sligo and there are a suite of camps organised for this summer. The Alternative Summer Camp makes learning life skills fun with activities such as fun with science/technology, cooking/baking, arts/crafts at a cost of �125 per week. The Alternative Camp dates are: Monday 1st July � Friday 5th July or Monday 8th July � Friday 12th July. The CLL also offers one-day Fun Camps for children with an Intellectual Disability allowing campers to have a social interaction with children of a similar age and abilities as well as positive interaction with camp leaders�the dates to be confirmed. For all the summer camps, a free supervised bus service runs from Sligo town to the College campus.

The College anticipates a huge demand for the four-day Robotics and Mobile Phone Application Camp for children aged 9-15 years, offered from Monday 14th July to Thursday 18th July at a cost of �90. Applications open on the 1st of March. A full list of programmes is available on www.cll.ie

Dr Taheny noted, “This innovative Robotics Camp for young people captured the imagination of Google and now the local school children have the opportunity to benefit and develop a keen interest in technology, engineering and science.” For more information on the Robotics Camp or other programmes offered visit the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning Web site www.cll.ie or Dr Niamh Plunkett, Director of the CLL at 071 9135623 cll@stangelas.nuigalway.ie.

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