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Presentation Listowel Student Scoops National Award

Pictured above Ciara O'Brien, student of Presentation Secondary School, Listowel, Co. Kerry who won the Scratch Award for Best Social Project at Tech Week held in Dublin Castle recently. 

Ciara entered her project "Toy Story" in the 4th to 6th year for Best Social Project category, at the Scratch Competition which was held in Dublin Castle as part of Tech Week 2015.

The winners were selected from among 800 entries nationwide and judged to be the best in their respective categories.

Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, art, and share their creations on the web.

Using Scratch allows students to develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills as they work collaboratively or individually on Scratch projects.

In operation since 2010, the national Scratch Competition has established itself among both teachers and students as a leading platform and showcase for Ireland's aspiring digital creators. 

Organised by the Irish Computer Society, Tech Week 2015 involved over 90, 000 primary and post-primary pupils all over Ireland in a huge range of fun activities. 

"Tech Week is a fun festival of technology with a serious ambition," Jim Friars CEO, Irish Computer Society said. 

"Ireland needs over 45, 000 skilled new ICT professionals by 2018 to fuel the economy. We want young people and parents to understand the opportunity that exists and to figure out if technology is for them at an early stage. 

They can then chose the right subjects and make college decisions on an informed basis around all that technology has to offer."