May 21, 2007
Running from 2nd - 6th July, the Seagate Summer School aims primarily to attract young people from the ages of 14 through 16, who have an interest in sampling computing, electronics and games in an interactive and informal university setting, before embarking on a future course of study.
During the week of activity, participants form small groups to complete a specific task that helps them develop new skills in the areas of computing and engineering. The young people have access to expert advice from staff in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Magee, and have full use of state-of-the-art facilities, which include the Wireless Campus and a Smart Classroom. By the end of the week, the students will have learned new tricks of the trade, whether it is how to build a website, complete with graphics and hyperlinks, or the know-how to develop a simple computer game. As an added incentive, prizes are awarded at the end of the week for individuals and groups who show the most innovation and ingenuity.
Past Summer School participant, Joseph O'Deorain, said he had benefited from the summer school in a number of ways.
"The fact that each day we were learning new skills such as video-editing, or developing an Internet webpage, which we could then show to our friends, was very exciting.," said O'Deorain. "We also got to use a wide range of sophisticated software packages such as Dreamweaver. And if we ran into problems, there was always support on-hand from university staff. The Summer School definitely influenced my decision on which undergraduate course to do. It gave me inside experience on what the university was like, how friendly and helpful the lecturers were, and the different software and services available to students at the university. As a result, I have now returned to Magee and am in the first year of the computer games design course at Magee."
A visit to Seagate's Springtown facility is also included in the week's activities. Here, students experience nanotechnology in action. Springtown is where Seagate develops and manufactures recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive.
Supporting the development of the next generation's skills, John Spangler, vice president at Seagate's Springtown facility said: "It's important to educate those considering a career in the world of computing about hardware and its capabilities as well as about software and its applications. This event gives young people a rounded view of both and encourages the creation of a talent pool that Seagate, as an employer, can draw upon."
About last year's summer school, Matthew Devaney, currently a student at Loreto College, Coleraine, said; "I particularly enjoyed designing my website. After spending hours working on a project, seeing it become a reality makes it all worthwhile.
"My experience gave me a much better understanding of computers and their various applications. The Summer School has inspired me to consider studying either computer multimedia studies or air traffic controlling, for which I would need considerable computer skills!"
The popularity of this School has grown each year, but while spaces are limited and based on a first come first served basis, registration means you'll be one of the first in the know each year. Past pupils have come from as close as Coleraine to as far a field as Enniskillen. Thanks to Seagate's support, the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Magee can offer places at a reduced fee of £20 per child. Those wishing to enquire should contact via telephone 7137 5382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on Seagate Summer School is available from:
Computer Training Officer,
School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, Magee
Tel. 028 7137 5382, Faculty Office or 028 7137 5784, direct
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Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 2,200 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. The Company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.