Jun 22, 2017

The Future Creators impress during their graduation – 22/06

Twenty-four young people who completed the Future Creators programme have received special certificates of recognition at a graduation ceremony, held to celebrate their achievements, at the National College of Art and Design, on Thursday, 22nd June 2017.

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 Dublin 8 with digital skills, including coding, app development, robotics, social media, 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. The programme actively looks at ways to address issues with gender parity and the representation of positive female role models.

 

 

The work they created over the course of the year was on display, including an interactive project designed and created by the young people, called Fusion. This impressive work comprised of animation, sound, video and coding elements, and demonstrated all the digital skills the young people developed over the course of the Future Creators programme.

Special guest of honour at the Future Creators graduation and showcase event, an out of school digital media programme for 13-16 year olds, was Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Addressing students and guests at the event, Minister Naughten said: “Programmes such as Future Creators represent the future of STEM Education and community learning in Ireland and provide young people with both the digital and personal skills that are hugely important at third level and in the working world. I am a science graduate so I know that the skills gained and appreciation for detail that an understanding of science offers is relevant across all fields of industry and employment today. There is no separation between creativity and science – only synergy. I congratulate all the Future Creators graduating today and I commend the team at The Digital Hub for driving STEM education so creatively. Future Creators is a hugely important initiative and I am very proud to support it.”

The 10 female and 14 male students, participating in the 2017 Future Creators programme, not only got first hand experience with these cutting-edge tech skills, but thanks to group work, video interviews, and presentations they have developed some extremely valuable soft-skills.

Sinead Burke, academic, writer and blogger behind the popular Minnie Mélange website, was the guest MC at today’s event. Further information about Future Creators is available at: www.thedigitalhub.com/FutureCreators

 

New generation of Digital Natives graduate from Future Creators after-school digital learning course. 

Sinead Burke (academic, writer and blogger), Chloe Pingol (Loreto College, Crumlin) and Keith Meehan (Synge Street, CBS) on the red carpet at The Digital Hub’s Future Creators Graduation & Showcase which took place in NCAD, Thomas Street yesterday (22/06/2017).