A transitional year student from Rockwell College was victorious in the annual Computer Science for Transition Year competition run by Trinity College Dublin.
Ian O’ Dwyer (16) from Moycarkey attended the intensive workshop in Trinity College which ran for four days in March beginning every morning at 9:30am and finished at 3pm every afternoon.
Speaking about the project Ian said - “Our first activity involved building a car from Lego. We then wirelessly connected it to a computer through infrared and used a specific program to give it a set of instructions for its movement. For example we told it to ‘move forward’ for 1.5 seconds. We then tried to guide it around a little track. In general, this was a difficult task to get the car past the finish line due to the number of bends on the track”.
Then we mostly worked as a team on a computer doing a variety of projects such as making a short film and a game on a program called ‘Scratch’. Everyone presented their films and games to the other groups and members of staff. All the games that were made on the final day were uploaded to their website and can be played by anyone.
On May 2 my team (Team Skittles) and I were invited back to Trinity College to the Old Dining Hall in Front Square for a plaque presentation. We were presented with the CSTY Team of the Year award (Computer Science Transition Year)”.