Oct 26, 2016

A participant of the first Future Creators tells us about his experience of the programme

We recently interviewed Darragh Byrne, who took part in the first Future Creators programme in 2011/12.

Darragh tells us how the Future Creators digital learning programme influenced his career choice and he provides some advice to a new group of Future Creators as they start their digital journeys.

 

Darragh, is now studying a two year full-time professional acting course at the Gaiety School of Acting in Temple Bar. After college he hopes to act in Ireland, on stage or on screen, and work in drama facilitation in different communities.

Speaking about his decision to sign up for the Future Creators, Darragh said: “There was really no real outlet like the Future Creators in second level school so when the opportunity arose to learn app development, coding, and filmmaking I jumped at the chance.”

He also provided some advice to the current group of Future Creators saying: “They need to be more proactive, use self-guided learning, build up experience, learn what you need to learn and go into things with an open mind.

Darragh spoke about the benefits for students from being involved in Future Creators including:

    • The individual attention they receive from tutors.
    • The freedom to focus on projects they are interested in or have a natural ability or skill.
    • Peer-to-Peer learning and collaboration.
    • The opportunity to meet and work with fellow students from a mix of different schools and diverse backgrounds.
    • The growth in self-confidence and fun that they have throughout the learning sessions.

About The Future Creators

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 (aged 13 to 16 years old) from Dublin 8 with digital skills, including coding, app development, robotics, digital photography and filmmaking. The programme also works to enhance their exposure to STEM subjects and to build their confidence, so they may consider pursuing a career related to digital skills.

Read more about the Future Creators here