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Digital and STEM Stars Rising

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 09:30

300 Young People celebrated at Creative Tech Fest national showcase and awards
National showcase and awards with over 300 young people recognised for their
achievements in STEM and Digital Media with a performance by Delorentos.
Creative Tech Fest will play host to 300 young people from youth clubs and schools
from all over Ireland as they gather in Google’s state of the art venue, The Foundry, to
celebrate their passion for creative and STEM technologies.

Now in it’s fifth year, Creative Tech Fest showcases young people’s achievements in
digital media, music, 3D Design, na méain Gaeilge as well as inventive Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) activities.Young people will be at the
heart of all the action as they exhibit their own work and take part in interactive
workshops - all while being inspired by guest speakers and live performances.

The line up this year includes Eleanor Mannion, multimedia journalist, on the
advances in mobile journalism, Sue McGrath from Science2Life and an intimate live
performance by Delorentos. A diverse selection of workshops from Google, the
Science Gallery and Fíbín, to name but a few, offer young people the opportunity to
experience the creative industries first hand.

Eleanor Mannion, speaking ahead of the event said; "I am so excited to speak at
Creative Tech Fest especially because I get to meet the next generation of creators,
inventors and innovators. Our young people are so inspiring and I know I will learn
as much, if not more from them, then they will from me."

Ciara Beth, a youth participant and one of this year’s co-hosts from Foróige Galway
City Youth Café says “TechSpace is a safe space, where I'm free to create media
that represents my thoughts and opinions. I'm thrilled to be one of the co-hosts for
this years Creative Tech Fest. I've attended Tech Test before and the standard of
work is always amazing. I can't wait to see what this year has in store for us!!

For the first time this year, young people who are involved in the ambitious new
‘STEM in Youth Work Maker Project’ will have the opportunity to celebrate and
showcase their STEM skills at the Creative Tech Fest. The STEM in Youth Work
Maker Project, a joining of forces between the National Youth Council of Ireland and
Camara Education Ireland, funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland will featureprominently as part of the Creative Tech Fest programme by inspiring the young people to create and invent with confidence and curiosity, and increase engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Clár TechSpace, continuing its success and now in it’s second year, will have a
strong presence at the event this year with opportunities for young people to take
part in Irish language workshops and exhibitions. Young people’s creative
technology projects in the Irish language will also feature with support from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Dr. Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications, Science Foundation
Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland is pleased to support Creative Tech Fest, as it is
great event to showcase young people’s passion, creativity and achievements in digital media, music, 3D design and many more areas of technology. It is through events like this that we introduce young people to the wide-ranging opportunities in the Tech sector and encourage them to consider future careers in STEM. I want to congratulate all of the young people who participated and the organisers on a fantastic event.”

Mary Cunningham, Director, National Youth Council of Ireland, said:
“The National Youth Council of Ireland is delighted to be involved in this exciting celebration of youth workers and young people who have been taking part in the STEM in Youth Work Maker project. Through the project 112 youth workers have been trained and an estimated 2,000 young people have now had the chance to learn STEM in new and really fun ways, outside
of school! We are particularly pleased that young people who previously may have been considered as being less likely to engage with STEM or take up further education and careers in STEM are being reached through this project.”


Pat O’Doherty, Head of ESB, said: “ESB is delighted to support TechSpace. Here at the Creative Tech Fest, we see the next generation of creators, innovators and problem solvers in action, showcasing the skills that will drive Ireland's future economy and society. This is a day to celebrate their achievements and fire their imaginations.”

ENDS

Notes to editor:
Photos will be syndicated by photographer, Tony Kinlan, and sent out Friday 3rd
November.

TechSpace is an open consortium with members including Foróige, YMCA Ireland,
CDYSB, NYCI, and many more! TechSpace is managed by the social enterprise
Camara Education Ireland . TechSpace builds the capacity of youth organisations to
run creative technology and STEM education programmes.
Through these programs young people build key 21st century skills; creativity,
critical thinking, communication and collaboration, vital for their successful futures.
To date over over 115 TechSpaces have been set up.
A full schedule of activity can be viewed on the Creative Tech Fest website
CreativeTechFest.com

The STEM in Youth Work Maker Project is training and supporting youth workers to
inspire young people to create, invent and make with science and technology. It is a
partnership project between NYCI and Camara Education Ireland and is delivered
through the TechSpace programme. The project is funded by the Science
Foundation of Ireland with additional funding from Inver and ESB.

Contact Details
Elaine Scahill, Camara Education Ireland, 086 1535833 or elaine@techspace.ie