A new young generation of innovators for the digital community
Each participant received a number of digital badges to recognise the range of new skills and knowledge they have developed over the past six months. Digital badges are becoming ever popular in today’s digital world as an indicator of accomplishment, skill and quality for learners in many fields.
The graduates will have a digital record of their learning journey through Future Creators and they can share this with third level institutions and future employers to illustrate the range of skills and competences they developed in the programme. We are very excited about this new addition to the programme and are keen to develop it further. We anticipate that our Future Creators will add to their initial collection of badges over time.
Established in 2011, by The Digital Hub and delivered with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and H2 Learning, the Future Creators programme aims to equip young people from the local community with a set of digital and STEM skills, including animation, coding, game-making and design, sound manipulation, music technology, film-making, and electronics.
Speaking at the Future Creators exhibition and graduation event, Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO at The Digital Hub said: “All of us at The Digital Hub are proud of celebrating the success of the latest graduates of the Future Creators programme. Our commitment to innovation, creativity and STEAM* subjects, we hope, will contribute to the personal and educational development of these gifted young people.”
Professor Sarah Glennie, Director, NCAD commented on the programme saying: “The Future Creators project is a very important element of our community engagement strategy. For the past five years’ staff and students from our Fine Art Media, Product Design and School of Education departments have contributed to the development of this exciting and innovative project. The Future Creators have had the opportunity to come to NCAD and participate in studio-based workshops in the development of their ideas. This project enables the Future Creators to bring together art design and digital media and technology in the realisation of their group projects. “
This year’s Future Creators students were given the chance to develop their knowledge and skills through active participation in a series of creative project based learning tasks. All the students’ work was on display at a special exhibition in The Digital Hub’s Digital Exchange building, to coincide with the graduation. Some of this year’s projects include students designing and building a light box, bread-boarding, soldering and coding on Adafruit GEMMA microcontroller using Arduino IDE. Other young participants have been involved in building a motorized 3D-printed character called Zelda Breath of The Wild which has been brought to life using a motor and LEDs.
This year’s Future Creators class consisted of 11 boys and seven girls who took part in the programme, from a variety of schools located in Dublin 8 and its surroundings.
The Future Creators programme has a close association with the Department of Education and Skills STEM Policy Statement and Implementation Plan for Schools, by creating a programme that engrains young people’s creativity at the core. STEM subjects are important for young people to develop their knowledge and skills through active participation in a series of creative project based learning tasks.
*STEAM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics subjects.
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About The Digital Hub
Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies. Eighty established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ over 750 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Bizimply, Good Travel Software, Software Design, Sonru, VSware and Xwerx to scale and grow. Major global companies like Eventbrite, Lonely Planet, Software AG and TIBCO are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations such as the Irish Internet Association, NDRC, Silicon Republic and Tyndall National Institute.
Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack and Stripe.
The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners. For example, the Future Creators programme and the Future Creators Cadets programme are run with the National College of Art and Design and H2 Learning, to give children and young people the 21st Century Digital Skills that are so necessary in today’s world. The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.
The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.
About H2 Learning
H2 Learning is a professional services organisation, providing a range of services in the areas of e-Learning and ICT in education. Over our 10 years in business, H2 Learning has developed experience in developing high-quality and interactive resources for the education market, on behalf of a range of public and private sector clients. H2 Learning works with schools, colleges and learning organisations to use ICT and e-Learning more effectively to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. H2 Learning also specialises in integrating technology and digital media into educational programmes in effective and appropriate ways. Further information is available at www.h2.ie
About the National College of Art and Design
The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of Art and Design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is the only Irish university institution specialising in Art and Design. NCAD has over 1,100 full-time students and a further 450 students who take award and non-award bearing part-time classes. Further information is available at: www.ncad.ie