Diarmuid Bourke and I (Vicky) went to Longford on Tuesday 29th October to attend the launch of the Python workshop for kids and young adults which was hosted by Longford County Enterprise Board.
Cathy Lynch of Alter Learning invited us to help out with a training project which aims to introduce Python to children and teens over the Halloween mid-term break. As Cathy mentioned "It is difficult for people in Longford to be exposed to this kind of training, as we do not have a third level institution in the town, and we have a hard time sourcing individuals willing to teach cs with the required skills locally. However, this does not mean we do not have a lack of willing individuals hungry to learn; we just need to be creative to join up the dots!"
We both arrived after a short detour (thanks, google maps...not) and made it to the photoshoot with the local paper, Longford Leader. We started with the kids up to the ages of 9/10 with a postgrad student from NUI Maynooth who was mentor for these workshops. There was a huge sense of enthusiasm and after a few lessons and exersices about strings and numbers, and lots of questions, before we knew it was already the end of the first session of the multiple-day workshops. One boy asked if he can make games now, and I pointed him to Learn Python the Hard Way, and he would know enough to try out PyGame and make his first game.
After lunch, the introduction to Python begins again with a set of teenagers who were a bit more serious and quieter than their younger counterparts. Material was picked up very quickly, and overall, it was great to see girls in both of the sessions that day.
We are really grateful to Cathy for the invitiation to see how much interest by kids, teenagers and adults alike about learning to code. Python Ireland's 2014 plan is to promote Python more to education, I am certainly pushing for a sub-committee to be formed to lead in this effort.
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This was a long overdue post.
Since our AGM from our October meetup at the Black Sheep, we have re-elected new Python Ireland Committee members:
Congratulations and welcome to new and old faces and may 2014 be full of adventure and lots of cool events.
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Information and getting from A to B, here are a few handy sites and links to get you in and out of Dublin.
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Friday 11th October, 2013 (09:00-17:00)
The Camden Court Hotel, 2 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland.
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An update about accommodation. The Burlington Hotel has no rooms that weekend. There are also other hotels nearby, see accommodation section, it's not an extensive list. If you find a hotel that has a good price, please comment in disqus.
We would like to welcome first confirmed keynote speaker, Lynn Root, who is a software engineer for Red Hat, founder of the San Francisco Chapter of PyLadies, board member of the Python Software Foundation.
We are proud to announce PyCon Ireland 2013 will be held on Sat 12th - Sun 13th October at The Burlington Hotel. Tickets will be announced shortly.
A two-day sprints will be held on Mon 14th - Tuesday 15th October at College of Computer Training. The sprints are a free event open to all (18+), registration will be required . More details to be announced soon.
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As co-Chair, I would likes to welcome the new PyCon Ireland 2013 Committee.
Congratulations to Diarmuid, our new Chair. I don't envy his position, and I'm happy to hand over the baton to him. And also welcome to our new officers, Jakub, Rodrigue and Vish.
Here's the new committee members for 2013:-