Information & Contact details for the TY initiatives relating to User Scenario #3 (new education courses)

Transition Year Initiatives – CIT Scenario #3


  1. Learning Clinic @ CIT:
    1. Service coordinated by CIT Extended Campus
    2. Available to all enterprise partners interested in identifying education and training opportunities for their employees
    3. Experienced staff are available to meet in-site with employees, individually or in groups to discuss the education and training opportunities best suited to their needs
    4. The Clinic is available at a time and location convenient for the company with little disruption to the working day
    5. Contact – or call 021 433 5133


  1. Science for Life @ CIT:
    1. Aim: To encourage students to study science at junior and senior cycle in secondary schools and to study science at third level
    2. Science at Junior Cycle – fun workshops – Science for TY Students – hands on experience with field trips – Science at Senior Cycle – helping students to achieve their goals through academic support
    3. Senior Cycle and Junior Cycle Workshops –
    4. Contact – or call 021 433 5108 or 087 9564937


  1. Pathways to Education @ UCC:
    1. For those who didn’t pursue a third level education after school
    2. Centre of Adult Continuing Education offer pathways to education for mature students – Clíodhna O’Callaghan, UCC’s Adult and Community Education Officer


  1. SciFest @ College:
    1. One-day science fairs for second-level students
    2. Takes place in the 14 institutes of technology, DCU and St. Mary’s College Derry
    3. Free to enter and lots of awards to be won at them
    4. Students enter a science, technology, engineering or maths project into one of the SciFest@College science fairs in 2017
    5. Best Project Award Winners from the SciFest@college science fairs will then go on to compete in a national final
    6. Contact – Norma J Welch or call 021 433 54 50 (CIT)


  1. Junior Einsteins Science Club:
    1. Irish-owned Company
    2. Bring a love of science and learning to primary school aged children
    3. They provide: science parties, after-school science clubs, primary science workshops, TY workshops, super whole school science shows, science Hallowe’en, Easter and Summer Camps, Science Corporate Events and Science Family events and festivals
    4. Teaches core aspects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology through ‘make & do’, messy experiments, quizzes and games.
    5. Contact (TY Workshops) –



  1. CoderDojo:
    1. Worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged 7-17 can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game and explore technology in an informal, creative and social environment
    2. Children will often start with Scratch, a visual programming tool or by building their own website. Children will need a laptop but some Dojos have spare laptops to lend.
    3. CoderDojo – CIT; Cork @ Trend Micro; CoderDojo CIX; Holyhill Cork; CoderDojo Zero; DesignerDojo 3D Cork; CoderDojoBCO @ Dell
    4. Contact: Address: CoderDojo Foundation, Dogpatch Labs Unit 1, The CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland. Contact through email form online


  1. VEX Robotics Competition:
    1. Organised by EMC and CIT in Ireland
    2. Contact – or phone (021) 428 1500
    3. Teams of students are tasked to design and build a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge.
    4. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students also learn life-long skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more.
    5. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April.
    6. – Secondary and college/university
      – Standard Matches: Two alliances of two teams each playing against each other
      – Robot Skills Challenge: One robot & driver playing alone against the clock
      – Programming Skills Challenge: One robot using sensors to run autonomously
      – Online Challenges: Unique contests using CAD, animation, essays, and more
      – Local, regional, national, and world competitions
      – More than 10,000 teams from 32 countries playing in over 750 tournaments


  1. Student SlingShot Academy (**website is gone??)
    1. Student-ran organisation
    2. Designed for TY Students
    3. Gives TY students a chance to meet with and learn from those studying at 3rd level – giving them specialist areas such as medicine, law, journalism, finance, language and art
    4. Industry professionals support 3rd level students to develop new and inspiring sessions
    5. Temple Bar, Dublin – Founder, Patrick Guiney


  1. Smart Futures
    1. Smart Futures is coordinated and managed by SFI (Science Foundation Ireland), in partnership with Engineers Ireland
    2. The website aims to provide STEM career resources to students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents in Ireland and stimulate an interest in STEM subjects at secondary school and 3rd level education
    3. The Smart Futures programme brings volunteers to schools to talk about their degrees and their work and give career advice – enlighten pupils about their chosen path – what they studied in college, what their job entails and why they would recommend it.
    4. Contact –; Telephone 01 607 3042

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