On Wednesday 22.02.17, Portadown College was 1 of only 5 schools in the southern region to attend the second of three planned Kainos CodeShows for the academic year 2016/17 at SRC Armagh.

Kainos CodeShow is an initiative aimed at improving the digital skills of students aged 15 – 18 years old and to raise awareness of the exciting career opportunities that exist in the technology sector. The CodeShow was delivered by a team of technical experts from Kainos and provided our students with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of coding using the latest technologies and tools.

The CodeShow initiative is delivered as part of Kainos’ Tech Outreach programme, which is designed to inspire and educate young people, increase their digital skills and improve their future career prospects.

Gail Toal, Business Development Manager, Bank of Ireland UK said: “We’re delighted to have joined forces with Kainos to launch this great initiative. The CodeShows will provide students with a highly engaging, and hands-on introduction into the world of coding that we hope will ignite their interest in science and technology”.

“Students will have the opportunity to learn and develop other important skills such as confidence, curiosity and discussion, all of which strengthen learning, boost students’ interest in different subjects and set them up for life after school”.

“A forward thinking knowledge based economy requires graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) related careers and we’re keen to play our part in unlocking the potential of local students who might not otherwise consider a STEM related career.”

Gemma Crothers, Tech Outreach manager at Kainos said: “We’re really excited to be taking Kainos CodeShow to regional areas across Northern Ireland. Our developers and mentors have worked hard to create an exciting and engaging programme. Partnering with Bank of Ireland UK to deliver the CodeShows was a natural fit due to our joint commitment to education and giving back through the Tech Outreach and Make Money Matter programmes.”[1]

Leon Cai, Robert Cornett, Tom Cunningham, Lauren McKinney and Ryan Porter who all study A-level Computer Science thoroughly enjoyed the CodeShow.

See what happens at a CodeShow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aogKNuzmQ5w 

[1] https://www.kainos.com/bank-ireland-uk-kainos-announce-partnership-launch-school-codeshows/

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