Each month we choose a winner from the ESB CTF submissions. So get your projects in and be in with a chance of winning a cool prize ahead of ESB Creative Tech Fest celebrations!
August 2020 Winner
St John’s Theatre, Listowel Youth Theatre
Field recording is the term used for an audio recording produced outside a recording studio, and the term applies to recordings of both natural and human-produced sounds.
In March 2020, the Listowel Youth Drama Class came to an abrupt halt. Covid-19 had forced us all to stay in our homes, go to school online and wait. After a few weeks, we decided to see if the Youth Theatre class could manage online. it was a joy to see so many familiar faces appear on the Zoom screen but not all theatre games can transfer over to online learning so we decided to turn to digital content. The task was to individually create field recordings based on a prompt from the tutor and discussed it with the class. Online we examined recording devices and discussed professional recorders such as an H4n and then what’s in your pocket such as a phone as a recording device. We discussed recording audio — Do’s and Don’t’s and looked at saving MP3 files and WAV files.
After the online class, we recorded 30 seconds of audio and submitted an image with the audio that was our own interpretation of the prompt. This project was designed to keep us in touch with each other and to collectively create digital work together.
July 2020 Winner
Jenna Cook, Ballina NYP
Look What You Made me Do
It is a Lego animation for my favorite Taylor Swift video. I am 9 and have learned how to do stop motion while I’m off school. I did it all by myself, and there are over 1,000 pictures used in it.
Jenna has won a solar power education kit and some micro:bit goodies!
June 2020 Winner
Mc Samra, St Fergals Finglas After School
The video is a group response to Shaun’s rap about his struggle with Anxiety. The group spent time exploring mental health and Anxiety, and, using Shaun’s rap, they created a visualization of his experience
Mc Samra won a SkriBot for their organization!
May 2020 Winner
Oisin Flynn, Cumasu centre, Ard resource centre, Eastside youth service, Doughiska, Galway
The project ‘AUTISTICALLY AWESOME’ began 2 years ago. It has evolved to become an exceptional conversation around how Autism presents in Oisín and his day to day experiences in life. It is a powerful and emotive 5-minute animation created throughout Scratch coding.
Oisin won an Adobe Creative Cloud Licence for one year!
TechSpacer of the Year 2019!
Adam Ó Cuinneagáin
Adam Ó Cuinneagáin has grown with the program since it began, and his involvement in his local computer club is key to its success. His teacher Bairbre, was trained as part of the TechSpace program in 2016 from Cóláiste an Eachréidh in Athenry. This year he won an award for a game he had developed in March at Tech Féile (Codóir is fearr), but that was only the beginning of the journey, as he kept developing over the months, especially during his period as an ambassador with Cruinniú na nÓg for Creative Ireland.
He once again impressed judges at the 2019 ESB Creative Tech Fest in the Convention Centre in Dublin. He developed a Virtual Reality game based on bowling. The judges went on to say that the standard and the level of computer science delivery that Adam was at was beyond anything that any other young person had coded throughout the TechSpace Network.
Adam has an exciting year ahead of him as ESB TechSpacer of the Year, which includes support for him to continue developing his computer science creations, inspiration through industry partners, and opportunities for his lunchtime TechSpace Computer Club to develop their ideas. The Clár TechSpace Team is looking forward to making it a successful adventure for him in 2020.
TechSpace Educator of the year 2019!
Tracey and the team at Youth Work Midlands have been using an array of digital youth work practices through these uncertain times. Tracey has long since championed digital youth work and had been foraging resources for quite a while. Flipgrid, Actionbound, and Jitsi are some of the digital platforms Tracey has been using. Her young people had received the artist in residence grant and had been working on making instructional how-to videos.
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